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Author Carrier, James G.

Title Wage, trade, and exchange in Melanesia : a Manus society in the modern state / James G. Carrier and Achsah H. Carrier
Published Berkeley : University of California Press, [1989]


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 W'PONDS  330.9953 Car/Wta  AVAILABLE
Description xvii, 257 pages ; 24 cm
Series Studies in Melanesian anthropology ; 7
Studies in Melanesian anthropology ; 7
Contents Includes index
Summary Ponam Island, a small community in Manus Province, Papua New Guinea, is the subject of this innovative study. The authors extend the criticism within anthropology of ethnographies that attempt to analyze village communities without reference to the nations of which they are a part, and that equate the traditional and the exotic with the untouched. They do so by describing the links between a peripheral village society and Papua New Guinea's national economy and institutions, in a way that will interest all those concerned with development and underdevelopment. The analysis focuses on major socioeconomic areas of village life: education, migration, wage employment, and remittance trade, commerce, and exchange subsistence fishing ceremonial exchange. The authors' findings challenge the idea that colonial and Western-oriented encroachment leads to the decay of village societies or to their adopting Western values and practices. Ponam has been under significant Western influence for almost a century, yet the society has not decayed. It remains flourishing and generative, uniquely itself and neither blindly traditional nor mindlessly Western
Analysis Papua New Guinea Manus (District). Economic conditions
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Bibliography: pages 247-253
Notes A digital reproduction is available from E-Editions, a collaboration of the University of California Press and the California Digital Library's eScholarship program
Subject Acculturation -- Case studies.
Acculturation -- Papua New Guinea -- Case studies.
Ceremonial exchange -- Papua New Guinea.
Manus (Papua New Guinean people) -- Economic conditions.
Manus (Papua New Guinean people) -- Social conditions.
Manus (Papua New Guinean people) -- Papua New Guinea -- Economic conditions.
Ponam Island (Papua New Guinea) -- Economic conditions.
Author Carrier, Achsah H.
LC no. 88015576
ISBN 0520063899
Other Titles Wage, trade, and exchange in Melanesia