Articulating Change in the "Last Unknown"

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This remarkable book explores questions of identity and value posed by people living on or near the small Pacific island of Karavar in Papua New Guinea. Focusing on how the Karavarans' long-term preoccupation with identity and worth has played out in various social contexts within this rather small place, Errington and Gewertz convey a grounded sense of how these people actually live and engage with such widely significant issues as ethnic diversity and the development of national unity. The authors present a ...
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This remarkable book explores questions of identity and value posed by people living on or near the small Pacific island of Karavar in Papua New Guinea. Focusing on how the Karavarans' long-term preoccupation with identity and worth has played out in various social contexts within this rather small place, Errington and Gewertz convey a grounded sense of how these people actually live and engage with such widely significant issues as ethnic diversity and the development of national unity. The authors present a historical and ethnographic analysis that, in its scope and mastery of detail, does justice to the complexity and significance of change in a colonial and postcolonial world.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction: Neither Shattered Eden nor Inflexible Tradition - A Hundred Years of Entanglement in East New Britain 1
1 Resistance Through Emulation: On Patrols, Reports, and "Cults" in Colonial New Britain 19
2 Dueling Currencies in East New Britain: The Construction of Shell Money as National Cultural Property 49
3 From Darkness to Light in the George Brown Jubilee: The Invention of Nontradition and the Inscription of a National History in East New Britain 77
4 First Contact with God: Individualism, Agency, and Revivalism in the Duke of York Islands 107
5 The Triumph of Capitalism in East New Britain? A Contemporary Papua New Guinean Rhetoric of Motives 135
Conclusion: Bloody-Mindedness in the Duke of York Islands - Toward Seeing Ourselves in the Other 157
References 171
About the Book and Authors 185
Index 187
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