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Author Bainton, Nick.

Title The Lihir destiny : cultural responses to mining in Melanesia / Nicholas A. Bainton
Published Acton, A.C.T. : ANU E Press, 2010
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Description 1 online resource
Series Asia-pacific environment monographs ; 5
Asia-Pacific environment monograph ; 5
Contents Introduction: New Lives for Old -- The Presence of the Mine -- Las Kantri: Lihir Before the Mining Era -- Lihir Custom as an Ethnographic Subject -- When Cargo Arrives -- Personal Viability and the Lihir Destiny Plan -- Custom Reconfigured -- Conclusion: Society Reformed
Summary "The people of the Lihir Islands in Papua New Guinea have long held visions of a prosperous new future, often referred to by local leaders as the 'Lihir Destiny'. When large-scale gold mining activities commenced on the main island of Lihir in 1995, many hoped that this new world had finally arrived. The Lihir Destiny provides a nuanced account of the social structural and cultural transformations engendered by large-scale resource extraction. Tracing the history of Lihirian engagement with outside forces, from the colonial period through to recent mining activities, this book brings new light to bear on the bigger question of what 'development' means in contemporary Melanesia. The Lihir Destiny explores how Lihirian leaders devised future plans for a cultural revolution based upon the maximisation of mining activities and the influential philosophies of the Personal Viability movement."--Publisher's description
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
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Subject Lihirians -- Social life and customs
Mineral industries -- Social aspects -- Papua New Guinea -- Niolam Island
Niolam Island (Papua New Guinea) -- Social life and customs
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1921666854 (electronic bk.)
9781921666858 (electronic bk.)