La vie qui vient d'ailleurs. Mouvements, échanges et rituels dans les Hautes‐Terres de la Papouasie‐Nouvelle‐Guinée (Comparative Anthropological Studies in Society, Cosmology and Politics, Vol. 10). By Almut Schneider. Berlin: LIT VERLAG. 2017, Pp: xii + 332 Price: € 44.27.La vie qui vient d'ailleurs is the first monograph ever written in French on a population of the Western Highlands of Papua New Guinea. Moreover, it proposes a different perspective on a society, the Gawigl, close to the Melpa (or Hageners), who are well known for their large‐scale ceremonial exchanges and Big‐Men as described and analysed in the 70s and 80s by Andrew and Marilyn Strathern. Almut Schneider focuses on life‐cycle exchanges (magadl) and horticulture, and shows that for the Gawigl external elements (women, tubers and spirits) are needed for the creation and reproduction of local social entities.After having clearly presented the debates that animated the anthropology of the area from the 60s onwards (for example, how are local groups constituted? Or is the notion of unilineal descent useful in explaining the territorial configuration?), the author introduces her own perspective, which is deeply anchored in ethnography but does not resort to the vocabulary commonly used in anthropology. Terms like clan and
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