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Living in the Stone Age : reflections on the origins of a colonial fantasy

Author: Danilyn Rutherford
Publisher: Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, ©2018 2018.
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In 1961, John F. Kennedy referred to the Papuans as "living, as it were, in the Stone Age." For the most part, politicians and scholars have since learned not to call people "primitive," but when it comes to the Papuans, the Stone-Age stain persists and for decades has been used to justify denying their basic rights. Why has this fantasy held such a tight grip on the imagination of journalists, policy-makers, and  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Ebook version :
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Danilyn Rutherford
ISBN: 9780226570105 022657010X 9780226570242 022657024X
OCLC Number: 1013477852
Description: xiv, 209 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: living in the Stone Age --
Part I: Sympathy and its discontents: a colonial encounter. Hospitality in the highlands ; Sympathetic state-building --
Part 2: Vulnerability and fantasies of mastery. Technological passions ; Technological performances --
Part 3: Lessons for a new anthropology. Sympathy and the savage slot ; The ethics of kinky empiricism.
Responsibility: Danilyn Rutherford.


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