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Death of the Big Men and the Rise of the Big Shots : Custom and Conflict in East New Britain (Reprint)

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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 transactions that a displaced people entered into in seeking to rebuild their lives, this book analyses how people re-make sociality in an era of post-colonial neoliberalism without taking either the transformative power of globalization or the resilience of indigenous culture as its starting point. It also contributes to the understanding of the problems of post-disaster reconstruction and development projects.

Edition: Reprint
Number of Pages: 256
Genre: Social Science
Sub-Genre: Anthropology / Cultural, Disasters + Disaster Relief
Series Title: Asao Studies in Pacific Anthropology
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Berghahn Books
Author: Keir Martin
Language: English
Street Date: October 30, 2015
TCIN: 31171493
UPC: 9781785330322
Item Number (DPCI): 247-51-2674
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