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Subject: NEW BOOK!!!
From: Gewertz Deborah <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Thu, 2 Sep 1999 14:17:32 -0400
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There's a new book!  It's called Emerging Class in Papua New Guinea and
it's by (predictably enough, given from whom this e-mail comes) Fred
Errington and me. It's just out with Cambridge University Press.  Its ISBN
# is 0-521-65567-6.  And its cover is (a rather garish) yellow.

Here's the blurb (which we did not write):

This accessible and pioneering study of social class in contemporary Papua
New Guinea deals with the new elite, its culture, and institutions, and
its relationship to the broader society.  The Papua New Guinea described
here is not a place of exotic tribesmen, but a modernizing society, shaped
by global forces, and increasingly divided on class lines.  Focusing on
Wewak, a typical commercial centre, the authors describe the lifestyle of
the elite who frequent its golf clubs and Rotary gatherings.  In so doing,
they bring home the ways in which differences of status are created,
experienced, and justified.  In a country with a long tradition of
egalitarianism, it has become at once possible and plausible for
relatively affluent "nationals" to present themselves in a wide range of
contexts as fundamentally superior to "bushy" people, to blame the poor
for their misfortunes, and to turn their backs on their less successful
neighbours and relatives.

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Deborah Gewertz
G. Henry Whitcomb Professor
Dept. of Anthropology
Amherst College
Amherst, MA 01002
Phone:  413-542-2741
Fax:  413-542-5838

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