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Tracing the Melanesian person : emotions and relationships in Lihir / by Susan R. Hemer
Bib ID 6268235
Format BookBook [text, still image, volume]
Author
Hemer, Susan R., author
 
Description [Adelaide] : University of Adelaide Press, 2013 
©2013 
xi, 311 pages : illustrations (some colour), maps, portraits ; 26 cm 
ISBN 9781922064455
Summary

This book explores what it means to be Lihirian through an analysis of everyday life in the Lihir Islands, Papua New Guinea. Atop four volcanic islands in the Pacific Ocean east of New Ireland, Lihirians are living in a world that has rapidly changed in the last century through the work of Christian missions, government administration and the development of a large gold mine (Lihir Gold Ltd). Being Lihirian in the context of these changes is challenging, yet Lihirians retain a strong sense of themselves and their islands as distinctive. This book aims to reconcile what has been termed the root metaphor of Melanesian sociality as based on relational or composite personhood with the strong individualist tendencies and sense of self that are found in everyday practice in Lihir. In looking beyond the ideals of moral conduct to the practice of relations and emotion, it can be seen that the symbolism of Melanesian sociality does not encompass the practical reality of what it means to be Lihirian.

Notes

Includes bibliographical references.

Subjects Human ecology -- Papua New Guinea.  |  Lihir (Papua New Guinean people) -- Social life and customs.  |  Emotions.  |  Self.  |  Identity (Psychology)  |  Melanesia -- Social life and customs.  |  Lihir Islands (Papua New Guinea) -- Social life and customs.  |  Australian
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Emotions and relationships in Lihir.

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