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Social Change in Melanesia

Social Change in Melanesia
Development and History


  • Date Published: April 2000
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521778060

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  • This book, first published in 2000, is a companion volume to An Introduction to the Anthropology of Melanesia (1998). It gives a clear and absorbing account of social change in Melanesia since the arrival of Europeans covering the history of the colonial period and the new postcolonial states. Paul Sillitoe deals with economic and technological change, labour migration and urbanisation, and formation of the modern state, but he also describes the sometimes violent reactions to these dramatic transformations, in the form of cargo cults, secession movements, and insurrections against multinational companies. He discusses development projects but brings out associated policy dilemmas, reviews developments that threaten the environment, and implications for local identity, such as romanticises 'primitive culture'. This fascinating account of social change in the pacific is addressed to students with little or no background in the region's history and development.

    • Together with its companion volume, An Introduction to the Anthropology of Melanesia (CUP 1998), it is the most comprehensive and up-to-date introduction to the region
    • Written specifically as an introductory text for students in anthropology, development studies, and related subjects
    • Excellent use of ethnographic case material and halftones
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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2000
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521778060
    • length: 286 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.42kg
    • contains: 56 b/w illus. 14 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Change and development
    2. The arrival of Europeans
    3. Another history
    4. Technological change and economic growth
    5. Land rights and community
    6. Business big men as entrepreneurs
    7. From tribespeople to peasants
    8. Mining, misunderstanding, and insurrection
    9. Forestry and local knowledge
    10. Migration and urbanisation
    11. Cargo cults and millennial politics
    12. Missionaries and social change
    13. From tribal to state politics
    14. Custom and identity.

  • Author

    Paul Sillitoe, University of Durham

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