List of Illustrations Dramatis Personae Preface Overtures, Ethnographic and Theoretical Chapter 1. My latest book Melanesian Odysseys is a culmination of my Papua New Guinea Fieldwork and combines interests in narrative genres and theories of the self, communicative practices within a contested and changing moral and political universe, and local and anthropological knowledge. Furthermore, the Kewa, no less than any other people, live themselves through their language as a quiddity of their egoic being. There is no shortage of authors whose ideas she doesn't cite, paraphrase, allude to, 'poach' p. The problems indicated in these remarks pertain also to Jospehides' principal theoretical stake, namely that her approach 'offers a glimpse of a theory of action based on action itself, not deduced from structures' p. Love and All That: Negotiating Marriage and Marital Life Courtship Problems with Bride Price Irregular Unions Polygyny and Conflict Ainu and Yako Giame and Yadi Lari and Rimbu Liame, Rosa and Kiru Rarapalu, Karupiri, Foti and Waliya Negotiating Marriage and Marital Life Love and All That Chapter 8.
For the present reviewer, the best of this enterprise is contained in the three chapters 3, 4, 5 of Part I pp. As the post-modern ideology redefined the parameters of anthropological thought Josephides duly began to adopt the concomitant verbal iconography. They nevertheless hold Panapompom people to account as subjects to a voice and gaze that is located in the imagery they strive to present: their clothes. In the first monograph Production of Inequality, 1985 she was concerned with the Kewa men's exploitation of women's labour and the image of the Kewa life-world was focally construed through the iconography of the Marxian political economy with a shade of Bourdieu-ian colouring. Therefore no amount of 'inherent fluidity' and 'ambiguity in communicative practices' will dispense with the fact that the native speakers are equipped with the tool their language that they know how to use for 'negotiating' their precarious identity that seems to come into and go out of existence with every opening and closing of their mouths.
Most of the literature on this complex and ever-adapting subject has been written by researchers who have worked in the Southern Massim. Both book and film provide the reader with beautiful images of Milne Bay Islanders, shell valuables, and Massim scenery. As such it questions conventional frames of reference. Melanesian Odysseys Negotiating the Self, Narrative, and Modernity Lisette Josephides 272 pages, 5 illus. And, since it appears that in their life-world everything is quantal-momentary and negotiable, then how is the inner form of their speech itself negotiated so that they, having generated enough of the syntactico-semantically intelligible rather than mambo-jumbo speech quanta, can go on to negotiate their more malecular though no less fluid selves. For bêche-de-mer divers, value and desired forms of life are lodged in Australia, Europe or America, while they find themselves excluded from this future by their growing blackness.
Portraits and Minimal Narratives: Elicitations of Social Reality Portraits, Stories and Minimal Narratives Elicitation and Explicitness Language, Talk and Action Norms and Claims: Rehearsed and Rehearsing Talk and Action Conclusion Chapter 7. The Politics of Death Who's the Big Man of Us All? I conducted lengthy fieldwork in Papua New Guinea, where I lived for seven years and also taught at the university in Port Moresby. The Aesthetics of Fieldwork among the Kewa The Style and Tone of Kewa Life Bickering, Bantering and Coming to Blows Place, Movement and Residential Mobility Daily Life Scrambling into the Field: Mining the Field and Eliciting Minefields Chapter 2. Accordingly it would be informative to have some understanding of what is the basic inner shape of this oral tool whereby the Kewa elicit their identities, whatever the quantal momentariness might be of the moments constitutive of this 'moment-by-moment' existential flow. See Related Email Newsletters Sign up for our email newsletters to get customized updates on new Berghahn publications. This was a desirable future.
Inverting the analytic logic of her previous work, which sought to uncover what social structures concealed, Josephides focuses instead on the cultural understandings that people make explicit in their actions and speech. An interpretation in terms of culture obscures Panapompom interests in football: its globally recognizable character. It is a real pleasure to read, its theoretical impetus shot through with insights and aphorisms that can only have come from long reflected-upon ethnographic wisdom. Using approaches from philosophy and anthropology, she examines elicitation how people create their selves and their worlds in the act of making explicit and mimesis how anthropologists produce ethnographies , to arrive at an unexpected conclusion: that knowledge of self and other alike derives from self-externalization rather than self-introspection. Using approaches from philosophy and anthropology, she examines elicitation how people create their selves and their worlds in the act of making explicit and mimesis how anthropologists produce ethnographies , to arrive at an unexpected conclusion: that knowledge of self and other alike derives from self-externalization rather than self-introspection. First, it bespeaks a New-Age approach to life rather more than anything that has been previously published on the Kula.
Yet framing football as a universal sporting institution is equally inadequate, erasing the specific political project that was embedded in the game. Thus, following the life-accounts of the old Kewa who presented themselves as living 'paradigmatic Kewa lives', narratives of the middle-aged Kewa 'no longer take for granted a representative moral personhood but strive instead to construct it in a changing world' p. I am also preparing for publication two books from two conferences: Cosmopolitanism, Existentialism and Morality: Anthropological Perspectives with my former PhD student Alex Hall , and provisionally titled Recontextualising Anthropological Knowledge: Building on the Work of Marilyn Strathern. But this challenge has come at a cost. They are also valued for their capacity to provide hospitality and solidarity, to repair conflicts and to express love and grief. Kula valuables are valuable because they are managed by the most respected elders, occupy the minds of the those considered the most intelligent people of the region, and serve to build relationships, as well as test the honesty and integrity of individuals.
These life-accounts articulate a generational stratigraphy of the Kewa life-world and, concomitantly, its differential internal existential-temporal horizons determined by the changing contexts in which individual lives were and are being lived. My research interests have now extended to philosophical approaches in anthropology especially phenomenology, theories of the self, morality, ethics and emotions. Jadran Mimica The University of Sydney. Using approaches from philosophy and anthropology, she examines elicitation how people create their selves and their worlds in the act of making explicit and mimesis how anthropologists produce ethnographies , to arrive at an unexpected conclusion: that knowledge of self and other alike derives from self-externalization rather than self-introspection. This lively account transcends ethnographic particularity and offers a wide-reaching perspective on the nature of being human. He is assisted by the Swiss-Australian photographer Jutta Malnic and a film team that captures Kula moments. Diving has profound effects on the skin, blackening and hardening it, leading Panapompom men to liken themselves to the machines that create the wealth that white people use.
The resulting text is both informative and confusing. The book 'is an account of social strategies and techniques for living: how people negotiate social knowledge and make it explicit, in their talk and actions: how their own selves, their self understanding and self worth become implicated in this negotiation, and how they respond to the necessity for constant testing and renewal of selves, relations, and shared understandings of practices and values' p. The island of Kiriwina in the Trobriands, prominent since Malinowski's Argonauts of the Western Pacific 1922 , is the ethnographic center of both book and film. The odyssey takes her to the mysteries of Easter Island, to Samoa and to the descendants of the Bounty mutineers on Pitcairn. Men now dive for bêche-de-mer, work which they regard as being particularly hard and dangerous.
The stock-in-trade subtitle of this new ethnography leaves no doubt that the Kewa life-world, regardless of what and how it was and is for itself, keeps abreast with the Anglophone academic discourse. List of Illustrations Dramatis Personae Preface Overtures, Ethnographic and Theoretical Chapter 1. Retrieved Mar 17 2019 from Melanesian Odysseys: Negotiating the self, narrative and modernity. Narrating the Self I: Moral Constructions of the Self as Paradigmatic Accounts Theories of Narrative Narrative and Paradigmatic Thought Ethics, Morality and the Self in Paradigmatic Accounts The Storytellers Wapa, Ragunanu, Pupula, Yakiranu, Payanu Kewa Pre-contact Practices and Persons: A Narrative of Many Growing up Of Courtship and Marriage Of Magic and Gardens Spirit Houses Pig Kills Warfare and Pacification Conclusions: Moral Constructions of the Self as Paradigmatic Accounts Chapter 4. Inverting the analytic logic of her previous work, which sought to uncover what social structures concealed, Josephides focuses instead on the cultural understandings that people make explicit in their actions and speech. New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books 2008.
It mattered profoundly that Panapompom people played football. On the other hand, such a theory may well be negotiable with those readers adept in negotiating, moment-by-moment, a fluid mimesis of theoretical activity. These two publications can be seen as a postmortem homage to Chief Nalubutau, whose knowledge and mortuary feast feature in the book, and whose last Kula competition uvalaku forms the plot of the film. But to stick with her own theoretical idioms, the best is to extend on her brief advance following Taussig into the 'mimetic production of ethnography' 218-220. All books are in clear copy here, and all files are secure so don't worry about it.