The author first looks at ethnographic evidence for Papua New Guinea that suggest women there who attempt or commit suicide often do so after they have been beaten. Secondly, she examines the options that are available to such women. Counts argues that suicide in Kaliai is a strategy that permits a woman to retaliate against […]
Data from a number of societies, including North America, indicate that wife abuse may be one of the most significant precipitants of female suicide. Anthropological analysis indicates that in some societies female suicide is a culturally recognized behavior that enables the weak to influence the strong &/or take revenge on those who oppress them. Case […]
Three detailed case studies and more general discussion of aspects of death in northwest New Britian, Papua New Guinea, demonstrate Kaliai concepts of good and bad death. The consequences of both kinds of death for the dying person and for survivors are noted, and it explores why a person might choose a bad death.
Among the Telefolmin, women’s suicide is culturally recognized while men’s suicides are held to be exceptional; contrary to cultural expectations. Analysis of motives reveals that men tend to commit suicide in the face of rupture in marital relations. Marriage affords a priviledged relation in which a man’s self is permitted to emerge, while marital disruption […]