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  • Sound and Sentimentby Steven Feld

    Duke University Press 2012; US$ 24.95

    A new, thirtieth-anniversary edition of the landmark ethnography that introduced the anthropology, or the cultural study, of sound. more...

  • Social Complexity in the Makingby Donald Tuzin

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 44.95

    A highly accessible ethnography which explains the history and evolution of Ilahita, an Arapesh-speaking village in New Guinea. more...

  • The Sorrow of the Lonely and the Burning of the Dancersby Edward Schieffelin

    Palgrave Macmillan 2005; US$ 36.00

    This classic ethnography, now in its second edition, describes the traditional way of life of the Kaluli, a tropical forest people of Papua New Guinea. The book takes as its focus the nostalgic and violent Gisalo ceremony, one of the most remarkable performances in the anthropological literature. Tracking the major symbolic and emotional themes of... more...

  • Melanesian Odysseysby Lisette Josephides

    Berghahn Books 2008; US$ 29.95

    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...

  • Papua New Guineaby Don Woolford

    University of Queensland Press 1976; US$ 15.00

    Published in 1976, Papua New Guinea was the first book to interpret the main events leading to Papua New Guinea’s independence. The 1960s and 1970s in Papua New Guinea were a time of ferment and great excitement as Australia’s Territory moved quickly towards independence in 1975. Don Woolford worked as a journalist in Papua New Guinea and... more...

  • Laughing at Leviathanby Danilyn Rutherford

    University of Chicago Press 2012; US$ 27.50

    For West Papua and its people, the promise of sovereignty has never been realized, despite a long and fraught struggle for independence from Indonesia. In Laughing at Leviathan , Danilyn Rutherford examines this struggle through a series of interlocking essays that drive at the core meaning of sovereignty itself—how it is fueled, formed, and... more...

  • Structure and Process in Malan Societyby Carrier

    Taylor and Francis 2012; US$ 140.00

    Through its analysis of a Melanesian society (Ponam) and the ways it has changed in the 20th century, this book addresses the relationship between the concern with the structure and logic of social organization, and process, with the fluidity of events and individual strategy. more...

  • Conservation Is Our Government Nowby Paige West; Arturo Escobar; Dianne Rocheleau

    Duke University Press 2006; US$ 23.95

    Ethnography and critique of conservationist efforts in Papua New Guinea, focusing on the misunderstandings, mistranslations, and complexities that arise in the discourse between conservation/biologists and local people. more...

  • Freedom in Entangled Worldsby Eben Kirksey

    Duke University Press 2012; US$ 89.95

    Eben Kirksey first went to West Papua, the Indonesian-controlled half of New Guinea, as an exchange student in 1998. His later study of West Papua's resistance to the Indonesian occupiers and the forces of globalization morphed as he discovered that collaboration, rather than resistance, was the primary strategy of this dynamic social movement. Accompanying... more...

  • Collecting Kamoroby Karen Jacobs

    Sidestone Press 2012; US$ 40.00

    The story of ethnographic collecting is one of cross-cultural encounters. This book focuses on collecting encounters in the Kamoro region of Papua from the earliest collections made in 1828 until 2011. Exploring the links between representation and collecting, the author focuses on the creative and pragmatic agency of Kamoro people in these collecting... more...