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Kinship to Kingship

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Acknowledgments Introduction Part One: The Quest for Origins 1. The Subordination of Women: Gender in Transitions from Kinship to Class 2. State Formation Part Two: Gender and Kinship Relations in Precontact Tonga 3. Authority and Ambiguity: Rethinking Tongan Kinship 4. The Reproduction of Ambiguity: Succession Disputes, Marriage Patterns, and Foreigners 5. Division of Labor 6. Exchange and Value 7. Gender Relations at Contact Part Three: Conversion, Commodities, and State Formation 8. Early Contact 9. Missionaries: The Crusade for Christian Civilization 10. A Native Kingdom: Creating Class and Gender Stratification 11. Changing Production: Commodities, Tribute, and Forced Labor 12. Dialectics of Class and State Formation Appendix: Sources and Methods Notes Glossary References Index

About the Author

Christine Ward Gailey is Professor of Women's Studies and Anthropology at the University of California Riverside.


"Gailey has tacked with confidence and thoroughness a range of extremely challenging issues fundamental to feminist anthropology and Polynesian ethnography in a pioneering and ambitious analysis for which she is to be congratulated." - Journal of Polynesian Society

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