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  • 27 b/w illus.
  • Page extent: 280 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.45 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 305.89/912
  • Dewey version: 20
  • LC Classification: DU740.42 .G47 1991
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Chambri (Papua New Guinea people)--Social conditions
    • Chambri (Papua New Guinea people)--Economic conditions
    • Chambri (Papua New Guinea people)--Ethnic identity
    • Acculturation--Papua New Guinea
    • Politicians--United States--Language

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521395878 | ISBN-10: 0521395879)

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 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.


List of illustrations; Acknowledgements; Introduction: On writing the Chambri; 1. The new traditionalism: tourism and its transformation; 2. The initiation: making men in 1987; 3. The town; 4. Western representations at home; 5. The written word; 6. Negotiating the state; Conclusion: interlocking stories, intersecting lives; References; Index

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