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A Faraway, Familiar Place: An Anthropologist Returns to Papua New Guinea

Michael French Smith

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824836863
eISBN:
9780824871253
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824836863.001.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

Although the author first went to Papua New Guinea in 1973, in 2008 it had been ten years since he had been back to Kragur Village, Kairiru Island, where he was an honorary “citizen.” He finds in ... More


The Two Widows

Niko Besnier

in Gossip and the Everyday Production of Politics

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824833381
eISBN:
9780824870676
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824833381.003.0006
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

This chapter deals with another set of events, the marginalization of two women through sorcery allegations, backgrounded again by changing economic and social conditions. Here the focus shifts to ... More


Sorcery and Ambition

Niko Besnier

in Gossip and the Everyday Production of Politics

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824833381
eISBN:
9780824870676
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824833381.003.0007
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

This chapter focuses on the way in which gossip colludes with other forms of discourse and explores how intimate and official discourses constitute the warp and weft of the same power loom, in which ... More


Life Goes On

Michael French Smith

in A Faraway, Familiar Place: An Anthropologist Returns to Papua New Guinea

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824836863
eISBN:
9780824871253
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824836863.003.0010
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

The author narrates how Kragur villagers went back to their normal activities after the 2008 local elections. Some villagers appeared to welcome the break from routine brought by the elections, but ... More


Sorcery

in The Power of the Between: An Anthropological Odyssey

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226775340
eISBN:
9780226775364
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226775364.003.0006
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

This chapter details the author's first-hand encounter with sorcery in Niger in the form of a “sickness” sent by jealous rivals, which forced him to return to the United States. His confrontation ... More


Sorcery in the World

in The Power of the Between: An Anthropological Odyssey

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226775340
eISBN:
9780226775364
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226775364.003.0019
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

This chapter focuses on the author's decision to revisit the world of sorcery following a cancer diagnosis. His knowledge of sorcery provided comfort in the village of the sick. His own religious ... More


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