Twisted Histories, Altered Contexts Representing the Chambri in the World System

ISBN-10: 0521395879
ISBN-13: 9780521395878
Edition: 1991
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Description: Deborah Gewertz and Frederick Errington have worked as anthropologists in Papua New Guinea for nearly two decades. In this, their second joint study of the Chambri, they consider the way those in a small-scale society, peripheral to the major  More...

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Book details

List price: $42.00
Copyright year: 1991
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 6/13/1991
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Deborah Gewertz and Frederick Errington have worked as anthropologists in Papua New Guinea for nearly two decades. In this, their second joint study of the Chambri, they consider the way those in a small-scale society, peripheral to the major centers of influence, struggle to sustain some degree of autonomy. They describe the Chambri caught up in world processes of social and cultural change, and attempt to create a "collective biography" that conveys the intelligibility and significance of the twentieth century experience of these Papua New Guineans whom they have come to know well. This biography consists of interlocking stories, twisted histories, commentaries and contexts about Chambri who are negotiating their objectives while entangled in systemic change and confronting Western representations of modernization and development.

List of illustrations
Acknowledgements
Introduction: On writing the Chambri
The new traditionalism: tourism and its transformation
The initiation: making men in 1987
The town
Western representations at home
The written word
Negotiating the state
Conclusion: interlocking stories, intersecting lives
References
Index

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