Wives and wanderers in a New Guinea highlands society

Women's lives in the Waghi Valley

Marie Olive Reay Edited by Francesca Merlan, with additional introduction by Marilyn Strathern Wives and Wanderers in a New Guinea Highlands Society brings to the reader anthropologist Marie Reay's field research from the 1950s and 1960s on women's lives in the Wahgi Valley, Central Highlands of Papua New Guinea. Dramatically written, each chapter adds to the main story that Reay wanted to tell, contrasting young girls' freedom to court and choose partners, with the constraints (and violence) they were to experience as married women 

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