Emerging Class in Papua New Guinea
The Telling of Difference
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Emerging Class in Papua New Guinea by Deborah B. Gewertz
Book DescriptionThis accessible 1999 study of social class in contemporary Papua New Guinea deals with the new elite, its culture and its institutions, and its relationship to the broader society. The Papua New Guinea described here is not a place of exotic tribesmen, but a modernising society, shaped by global forces, and increasingly divided on class lines. The authors describes the life-style of the elite Wewak, a typical commercial centre, their golf clubs and Rotary gatherings, and bring home the ways in which differences of status are created, experienced and justified. In a country with a long tradition of egalitarianism, it has become at once possible and plausible for relatively affluent 'nationals' to present themselves in a wide range of contexts as fundamentally superior to 'bushy' people, to blame the poor for their misfortunes, and to turn their backs on their less successful relatives.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521655675
(228mm x 152mm x 10mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 26-Aug-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Deborah B. Gewertz
Emerging Class in Papua New Guinea, Hardback (August 1999)
This 1999 book examines the emergence and ramifications of class in an urban setting in Papua New Guinea.
Twisted Histories, Altered Contexts, Paperback (June 1991)
A "collective biography" consisting of interlocking stories, twisted histories, commentaries and contexts about the Chambri people who are negotiating their objectives while entangled in systemic change and confronting Western representations of modernization and development.
Cultural Alternatives and a Feminist Anthropology, Paperback (October 1989)» View all books by Deborah B. Gewertz
The Chambri of Papua New Guinea are well known as being the "Tchambuli" of Margaret Mead's influential work, "Sex and Temperament". In describing them as a people among whom women dominated over men, this book claims she misinterpreted the facts, arguing that neither gender is dominant.
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