Exchanging the Past A Rainforest World of Before and After

Exchanging the Past A Rainforest World of Before and After

Exchanging the Past A Rainforest World of Before and After [PDF / Epub] ✅ Exchanging the Past A Rainforest World of Before and After By Bruce M. Knauft – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk Twenty years ago the Gebusi of the lowland Papua New Guinea rainforest had one of the highest homicide rates in the world Bruce M Knauft found then that the killings stemmed from violent scapegoating Twenty years ago the Past A ePUB ´ Gebusi of the lowland Papua New Guinea rainforest had one of the highest homicide rates in the world Bruce M Knauft found then that the killings stemmed from violent scapegoating of suspected sorcerers But by the time he returned in homicide rates had plummeted and Gebusi had largely disavowed Exchanging the eBook Ð vengeance against sorcerers in favor of modern schools discos markets and ChristianityIn this book Knauft explores the Gebusi's encounter with modern institutions and highlights what their experience tells us generally about the interaction between local peoples and global forces As desire for material goods grew among Gebusi Knauft shows that they became accepting of and the Past A PDF ✓ subordinated by Christian churches community schoolsand government officials in their attempt to benefit from them—a process Knauft terms recessive agency But the Gebusi also respond actively to modernity creating new forms of feasting performance and music that meld traditional practices with Western ones all of which Knauft documents in this fascinating study.


1 thoughts on “Exchanging the Past A Rainforest World of Before and After

  1. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    If it were up to me I'd get rid of that sexy sell first paragraph about homicide rates and revenge killings That is ancillary to the broader discussion in this ethnography and I hate how publishing companies try to make anthropology interesting by highlighting something scandalous But what would the field be in the popular imagination without titles such as The Life of Sexual Savages? As a friend of mine put it anthropologists and art majors have academic recourse to morally justifying why they look at tons of books with naked people in them ;Bruce Knauft has one of the better conceptualizations of how modernity is localized and of how people interpret and approach rapidly changing situations that don't work to their benefit The point is capitalism is never truly global by which most people mean lateral and homogenizing or making the world McDonalds if you study how people respond to it You come away with mixed feelings of great respect and sadness for Gebusi who according to how Knauft presents it tell themselves stories about modernity and tradition in a way that helps them press on when global capitalism encroaches upon them but did it? I first read this ethnography in college for an area anthropology course on Papua New Guinea and Melanesia and happened to find it again when I was unpacking some book boxes Eleven years later some of the main arguments strike as terribly obvious and I wish Knauft was of a post Marxist But he doesn't necessarily need to be he achieves many of the same points and addresses the same moral and circumstantial uandaries of global capitalism purely by representing his research subjects in a sensitive manner He obviously cared about the people he worked with and always struck me as an anthropologist who did not falsely represent his own position or feelings about his work


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