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  • Savage Harvestby Carl Hoffman

    HarperCollins 2014; US$ 11.99

    The mysterious disappearance of Michael Rockefeller in New Guinea in 1961 has kept the world and his powerful, influential family guessing for years. Now, Carl Hoffman uncovers startling new evidence that finally tells the full, astonishing story. Despite exhaustive searches, no trace of Rockefeller was ever found. Soon after his disappearance, rumors... more...

  • Foodways and Empathyby Anita von Poser

    Berghahn Books 2013; US$ 34.95

    Through the sharing of food, people feel entitled to inquire into one another's lives and ponder one another's states in relation to their foodways. This in-depth study focuses on the Bosmun of Daiden, a Ramu River people in an under-represented area in the ethnography of Papua New Guinea, uncovering the conceptual convergence of local notions of... more...

  • Growing Artefacts, Displaying Relationshipsby Ludovic Coupaye

    Berghahn Books 2013; US$ 120.00

    What gives artefacts their power and beauty? This ethnographic study of the decorated long yams made by the Nyamikum Abelam in Papua New Guinea examines how these artefacts acquire their specific properties through processes that mobilise and recruit diverse entities, substances and domains. All come together to form the 'finished product' that is... more...

  • Historia ya Jamii ya Zanzibar Na Nyimbo za Siti Binti Saadby Laura Fair

    Twaweza Communications 2013; US$ 24.95

    Laura Fair is Professor of History at Michigan State University in the U.S.A. She lived in Zanzibar for many years doing research for her first book: Pastimes and Politics: Culture, Community and Identity in Post-abolition Urban Zanzibar, 1890-1945. In this book she illustrates how former slaves used the social and cultural tools at their command to... more...

  • Bio-Politicizing Cary Grantby Joshua David Gonsalves

    John Hunt Publishing 2015; US$ 7.99

    Bio-Politicizing Cary Grant explicates the ethnic, racial and sexual ambiguity of Cary Grant?s star persona as both an inculcation of (and resistance to) biopolitical imperatives in fifties-era ?America?. more...

  • Social Complexity in the Makingby Donald Tuzin

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 44.95

    Social Complexity in the Making is a highly accessible ethnography which explains the history and evolution of Ilahita, an Arapesh-speaking village in the interior Sepik region of northeastern New Guinea. This village, unlike others in the region, expanded at an uncharacteristically fast rate more than a century ago and has maintained its large size... more...

  • The Djief Hunters, 26,000 Years of Rainforest Exploitation on the Bird's Head of Papua, Indonesiaby Juliette M. Pasveer

    CRC Press 2004; US$ 154.95

    Two prehistoric cave sites on the Bird's Head of western New Guinea provide a detailed narrative of 26,000 years of human occupation of this area. During Late Pleistocene times, lower temperatures allowed a suite of montane animal species to descend onto the lowland Ayamaru Plateau. When the montane fauna receded during the subsequent climatic amelioration,... more...

  • In the Midst of Lifeby A. L. Epstein

    University of California Press 1992; US$ 12.95 US$ 10.36

    The Tolai are among the most distinctive of Papua New Guinea's indigenous peoples. For all their success in the pursuit of modernity, the Tolai remain traditional in their attitudes toward death, the cultural elaboration of which colors almost every aspect of their existence. In his new book, A. L. Epstein develops an emotional profile of the Tolai,... more...

  • Wayward Womenby Holly Wardlow

    University of California Press 2006; US$ 34.95 US$ 27.96

    Written with uncommon grace and clarity, this extremely engaging ethnography analyzes female agency, gendered violence, and transactional sex in contemporary Papua New Guinea. Focusing on Huli "passenger women," (women who accept money for sex) Wayward Women explores the socio-economic factors that push women into the practice of transactional sex,... more...

  • Melanesian Odysseysby Lisette Josephides

    Berghahn Books 2008; US$ 34.95

    In a series of epic self-narratives ranging from traditional cultural embodiments to picaresque adventures, Christian epiphanies and a host of interactive strategies and techniques for living, Kewa Highlanders (PNG) attempt to shape and control their selves and their relentlessly changing world. This lively account transcends ethnographic particularity... more...