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Culture, Mind, and Society

Yabar

The Alienations of Murik Men in a Papua New Guinea Modernity

Authors: Lipset, David

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  • Develops an innovative theoretical framework that draws from anthropology, literary criticism  and psychoanalysis and its central concept is not hegemony but alienation
  • Focuses on how a group of men living in rural and urban Papua New Guinea find themselves estranged both from their own indigeneity as well as from the modernity that encompasses them
  • Contributes to the emerging field of global masculinities
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This book analyses the dual alienations of a coastal group rural men, the Murik of Papua New Guinea. David Lipset argues that Murik men engage in a Bakhtinian dialogue: voicing their alienation from both their own, indigenous masculinity, as well as from the postcolonial modernity in which they find themselves adrift. Lipset analyses young men’s elusive expressions of desire in courtship narratives, marijuana discourse, and mobile phone use—in which generational tensions play out together with their disaffection from the state. He also borrows from Lacanian psychoanalysis in discussing how men’s dialogue of dual alienation appears in folk theater, in material substitutions—most notably, in the replacement of outrigger canoes by fiberglass boats—as well as in rising sea-levels, and the looming possibility of resettlement. 

About the authors

David Lipset is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, USA. He has done long-term fieldwork in Papua New Guinea. His previous books include Gregory Bateson: Legacy of a Scientist and Mangrove Man: Dialogics of Culture in the Sepik Estuary. 

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“This is a highly sympathetic account of how an anthropologist can find common kinship in unexpected places, in this case with men in Papua New Guinea facing predicaments that mirror the predicaments of simply being in the world. The view it offers on ... existence encountered as inherently multiple also makes it an unusual and insightful commentary on processes ordinarily understood as (societal) ‘change’.” (Marilyn Strathern, Cambridge University, UK)

“This book combines ... rich ethnography of Murik men with innovative theory, deploying Bakhtin and Lacan. Anchored in decades of research ...it constructs a dialogue ... articulating men’s dual alienation from indigenous and postcolonial masculinities. Analyzing scintillating stories, ... quotidian conversations and theatrical performances, Lipset offers a compelling culmination to his distinctive corpus on Murik masculinities and modernities.” (Margaret Jolly, the Australian National University, Australia)

“[T]his remarkable book point[s] the way toward a vital new phase of ethnographic writing on the painfully liminal situations of many indigenous people in a runaway world.” (Andrew Strathern and Pamela J. Stewart, University of Pittsburgh, USA)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Introduction: Masculinity, Modernity, Papua New Guinea

    Pages 1-25

    Lipset, David

  • Desire in Young Men’s Courtship Stories

    Pages 29-55

    Lipset, David

  • Marijuana, Youth and Society

    Pages 57-77

    Lipset, David

  • Mobile Telephony in a Peri-urban Setting

    Pages 79-98

    Lipset, David

  • Folk Theater and the Signifier

    Pages 101-134

    Lipset, David

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eBook $19.99
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Softcover $29.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-84559-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Yabar
Book Subtitle
The Alienations of Murik Men in a Papua New Guinea Modernity
Authors
Series Title
Culture, Mind, and Society
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-51076-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-51076-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-84559-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 253
Number of Illustrations
30 b/w illustrations
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