The Making of Global and Local Modernities in Melanesia: Humiliation, Transformation and the Nature of Cultural Change

1st Edition

Holly Wardlow, Joel Robbins

Routledge
Published December 18, 2017
Reference - 248 Pages
ISBN 9780815347453 - CAT# K345446
Series: Anthropology and Cultural History in Asia and the Indo-Pacific

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Summary

Authored by well-established and respected scholars, this work examines the kinds of efforts that have been made to adopt Western modernity in Melanesia and explores the reasons for their varied outcomes. The contributors take the work of Professor Marshall Sahlins as a starting point, assessing his theories of cultural change and of the relationship between cultural intensification and globalizing forces. They acknowledge the importance of Sahlins' ideas, while refining, extending, modifying and critiquing them in light of their own first hand knowledge of Pacific island societies. Also presenting one of Sahlins' less widely available original essays for reference, this book is an exciting contribution to serious anthropological engagement with Papua New Guinea.

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