Gendered Sides and Ritual Moieties: Tokelau Kinship as Social Practice
With Ingjerd Hoëms article in Living Kinship in the Pacific she shows how kinship and gender,and political and other aspects of existence, are orchestrated through ritual practices.
The article shows how the process of ‘making sides’ is present in Tokelau kinship and social organization; it is also evident in, and arguably. created by, ritual practices. Across different contexts, the pattern of ‘making sides’ is replicated, but the role, function and purpose of the activities involved vary. A mastery of relationships and characteristics, of people and situations, allows one to orchestrate the creation of sides through separation, and to facilitate the coming together of sides in a temporary unity – at once material and ideational.