Twisted Histories, Altered Contexts
Representing the Chambri in the World System
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Twisted Histories, Altered Contexts by Deborah B. Gewertz
Book DescriptionDeborah 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 centres 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' which 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521395878
(228mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 13-Jun-1991
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.
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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