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    Cause and Effect: Who Is Responsible for Porgera?
    ( 2015-05-07) Golub, Alex
    What do we owe to our research communities? What duties do we have towards them, and what role should we play in their lives? And how do we answer these questions if it is difficult to locate a coherent, bounded, homogenous thing called a 'community' in the social processes that we study?
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    Traction: The Role of Executives in Localising Global Mining and Petroleum Industries in Papua New Guinea
    (W. Kohlhammer GmbH, 2013) Golub, Alex ; Rhee, Mooweon
    This article presents interview data from corporate elites in Papua New Guinea's mining and petroleum sector and other members of the business community. It describes their world view, and in particular their belief that resource extraction and business will help bring development to their country in a way that its social-democratic government has not. The article uses this data to make three contributions to the existing literature. First, it argues that globe-spanning industrial capitalism is subject to description through ethnographic fieldwork. Secondly, it demonstrates that elites in Papua New Guinea gain 'traction' and thus make corporate projects possible because of - not despite - their particularistic ties and personal biographies. Finally, it argues that it is possible to study corporate elites in a disinterested way without being co-opted by their political agenda.
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    Supposed Figure of a Woman?' Homosociality in the British Solomon Islands, 1880-1940
    ( 2006) Goodwin, Bryonny
    Drawing from research conducted in the Western Pacific High Commission archival collection, this project is based upon colonial conditions in the British Solomon Islands Protectorate (B.S.I.P.), ranging from 1880 (the earliest records) to 1940 (the outbreak of war in the Pacific). Focussing upon the extant correspondence between the Protectorate administration and the High Commission, I trace the development of a colonial culture in the margins of empire. That culture was marked by the homosocial governance of native men by white men. Ethnographically engaging with archival documents, I seek to move discussion of homosociality beyond Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick’s (1985) foundational analysis into a territory specifically colonial, and specifically raced. Fundamentally, I diverge from Sedgwick’s triangular delineation in which homosociality emerges from male rivalry over women, positing instead that it was a relationship conjured and manipulated by colonialists, defending a masculine ‘world in miniature’ (Keesing and Corris 1980) that excluded, if not maligned, women. Rather than rivalry, homosociality was born in the foundational violence of early imperial confrontation. I demonstrate how the destructive demonstrations of naval punitive investigations morphed into such a male-centred and anti-female phenomenon, and specifically read its manifestations in regard to the bureaucratic judicial system and debates over adultery legislation. This delineation is in contradistinction to dominant studies of colonial cultures which have often identified a strong fear of miscegenation as the underlying force of propulsion. Instead, through both examining masculinity for and of itself, and reorienting the lens of analysis away from the heteronormative, fruitful lines of anthropological enquiry and disruptive conclusions emerge.
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    Persistence of the gift: Tongan tradition in transnational context
    (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2001) Evans, Michael
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    Traditional Medicine in the Marshall Islands
    (Republic of the Marshall Islands Historic Preservation Office, 2004) Petrosian-Husa, Carmen C.H.
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    Introduction: Recognition, redistribution and reconciliation in postcolonial settler societies
    (The Polynesian Society, 2003) Van Meijl, Toon ; Goldsmith, Michael
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    Health seeking and access to care for children with suspected dengue in Cambodia: An ethnographic study
    (BioMed Central, 2007-09) Khun, Sokrin ; Manderson, Lenore
    Background: The continuing contribution of dengue fever to the hospitalization and deaths in hospital of infants and small children in Cambodia is associated with delays in presentation for medical attention, diagnosis and appropriate care. It is important to identify the reasons that influence these delays, in order to develop appropriate interventions to redress the impact of dengue. Methods: Data on health seeking were collected during an ethnographic study conducted in two villages in the eastern province of Kampong Cham, Cambodia in 2004. Interviews were conducted with mothers whose children had been infected with suspected dengue fever, or who had been sick for other reasons, in 2003 and 2004. Results: Women selected a therapeutic option based on perceptions of the severity of the child's condition, confidence in the particular modality, service or practitioner, and affordability of the therapy. While they knew what type of health care was required, poverty in combination with limited availability and perceptions of the poor quality of care at village health centers and public referral hospitals deterred them from doing so. Women initially used home remedies, then sought advice from public and private providers, shifting from one sector to another in a pragmatic response to the child's illness. Conclusion: The lack of availability of financial resources for poor people and their continuing lack of confidence in the care provided by government centres combine to delay help seeking and inappropriate treatment of children sick with dengue.
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    Rediscovering Bark-cloth in Taiwan
    (White Lotus, 2006) Ku, Kun-hui ; Howard, Michael C.