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The Death of the Big Men and the Rise of the Big Shots

Custom and Conflict in East New Britain

The Death of the Big Men and the Rise of the Big Shots by Keir Martin
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"...one of its great strengths is Martin's skill in bringing different voices to life on the page as people (mainly men) stake or rebuff claims for respect or support."  ·  Oceania

"Readers of this anthropological study will most likely be familiar with discussions in the anthropology of Melanesia around individualism and other effects of the encroachment of global capitalism on rural communities. They will be pleasantly surprised by how elegantly and unpretentiously Martin tackles some of these issues, through an investigation of land and custom during the aftermath of an environmental disaster in East New Britain, Papua New Guinea...a wonderful study."  ·  Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology

"A brilliant book...one of the best ethnographies to come out of PNG for decades, a classic exemplar of how a modern ethnography should be researched and written up. It breaks new ground."  ·  Chris Gregory, Australian National University

"[This book] is well written and readable [and] provides both a dense and nuanced ethnography that reveals important insights into... the radical cultural changes that follow from demographic change, land-conflicts and economic scarcity. The book manages to explore that development by continually engaging the writings of earlier anthropologists in the area, supported by rich empirical detail.·  Knut Rio, University of Bergen

Berghahn Books; March 2013
272 pages; ISBN 9780857458735
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Title: The Death of the Big Men and the Rise of the Big Shots
Author: Keir Martin
 
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