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Managing Modernity in the Western Pacific
Managing Modernity in the Western Pacific

Managing Modernity in the Western Pacific

Edited by Martha Macintyre, Edited by Mary Patterson


336 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $37.95 (US $37.95) (CA $41.95)

Publication Date: September 2011

ISBN 9780702239007

Rights: US & CA

University Of Queensland Press (Sep 2011)
University of Queensland Press

Price: $37.95


Written by leading academics, this edited collection of essays takes a broad sweep through contemporary topics in Melanesian anthropology and ethnography. With nuanced and rigorous scholarship, it views contemporary debate on modernity in Melanesia within the context of the global economy and cultural capitalism. In particular, contributors assess local ideas about wealth, success, speculation, and development as well as their participation in institutions and activities. From fast money schemes in Papua New Guinea and collectivities in rural Solomon Islands to gambling in the Cook Islands and the Vanuatu tax haven, this innovative compilation offers a significant contribution to the current debates within anthropology about the social and cultural variations in the Western Pacific as it applies to globalization.

Author Biography

Mary Patterson is a principal research fellow and anthropology professor at the University of Melbourne. Martha Macintyre is the editor of The Australian Journal of Anthropology and an honorary research fellow at the University of Melbourne. She has held positions at Australian National University, La Trobe University, and Monash University, and is the coeditor of Human Rights and Gender Politics: Perspectives on the Asia Pacific Region and Women Miners in Developing Countries: Pit Women and Others.