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The death of the Big men and the rise of the big shots : custom and conflict in East New Britain

Author: Keir Martin
Publisher: New York : Berghahn Books, 2013.
Series: ASAO studies in Pacific anthropology, v. 3.
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"In 1994, the Pacific island village of Matupit was partially destroyed by a volcanic eruption. This study focuses on the subsequent reconstruction and contests over the morality of exchanges that are generative of new forms of social stratification. Such new dynamics of stratification are central to contemporary processes of globalization in the Pacific, and more widely. Through detailed ethnography of the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Keir Martin
ISBN: 9780857458728 0857458728 0857458736 9780857458735
OCLC Number: 805831424
Description: xv, 256 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Land Politics and Postcolonial Sociality in the Wake of Environmental Disaster --
An Orientation to the Shifting Patterns of Tolai Land Tenure --
Land at Sikut: Freedom from Kastomand Economic Development --
Kulia: an Ambiguous Transaction --
What Makes a Landholder: a Case Study of a Matupit Land Dispute --
Kastom, Family and Clan: Extending and Limiting Obligations --
Kastom and Contested Reciprocity --
Big Shots, Corned Beef and Big Heads --
A Fish Trap for Kastom --
Big Men, Big Shots and Bourgeois Individuals: conflicts over moral obligation and the limits of reciprocity --
Your Own Buai You Must Buy: the Big Shot as Contemporary Melanesian Possessive Individual --
Conclusions.
Series Title: ASAO studies in Pacific anthropology, v. 3.
Responsibility: Keir Martin.

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