Emerging Class in Papua New Guinea: The Telling of Difference / Edition 1by Deborah B. Gewertz, Frederick K. Errington, Gewertz Deborah B.
Pub. Date: 03/28/2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Class has become a feature of life in Papua New Guinea, evident in both "traditional" and "modern" settings. This book examines the emergence of class differences and its social and cultural ramifications in Wewak, capital of the East Sepik Province. It movingly conveys the injuries of class inequalities, and reveals how class has worked in similar and different ways, and how it has become possible and plausible for relatively affluent "nationals," even those living in modest urban centers, to present themselves as fundamentally superior to other Papua New Guineans.
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Table of ContentsList of illustrations; Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction; 2. The middle class, the (new) Melanesian way: the Wewak Rotary Club; 3. How the grass roots became the poor: the sleights of hand in the construction of desire; 4. The realization of class exclusions: golf and the boundaries of solidarity; 5. The hidden injuries of class: desiring the unattainable; 6. The problem(s) of the poor: law, order and tinned mackerel and water buffalo; 7. Class and the definition of reasonability: the case of the 'compo girl'; Conclusion: on dark nights of the soul; Notes; References; Index.
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