Division within the boundaries

Annelise Riles*

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    In the Part-European settlement of Kasavu, Fiji, land is divided in each generation into parallel plots of ever-decreasing width but identical form. Kinship as division, I argue, is knowledge which is not representative of social relations and which therefore does not effectuate 'change'. This is contrasted to an additive logic of kinship relations among urban Part-Europeans, a logic in which information is potentially infinite and thus always incomplete, and in which knowledge attaches to persons and changes through techniques of collective discovery.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)409-424
    Number of pages16
    JournalJournal of the Royal Anthropological Institute
    Issue number3
    StatePublished - Jan 1 1998

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Anthropology
    • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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