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- DescriptionIn Alchemy in the Rain Forest Jerry K. Jacka explores how the indigeus population of Papua New Guinea's highlands struggle to create meaningful lives in the midst of extreme social conflict and environmental degradation. Drawing on theories of political ecology, place, and ontology and using ethgraphic, environmental, and historical data, Jacka presents a multilayered examination of the impacts large-scale commercial gold mining in the region has had on ecology and social relations. Despite the deadly interclan violence and widespread pollution brought on by mining, the uneven distribution of its financial benefits has led many Porgerans to call for further development. This desire for increased mining, Jacka points out, counters popular portrayals of indigeus people as innate conservationists who defend the environment from international neoliberal development. Jacka's examination of the ways Porgerans search for common ground between capitalist and indigeus ways of kwing and being points to the complexity and interconnectedness of land, indigeus kwledge, and the global ecomy in Porgera and beyond.
- Author BiographyJerry K. Jacka is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
- Author(s)Jerry K. Jacka
- PublisherDuke University Press
- Date of Publication13/11/2015
- SubjectSociology & Anthropology: Professional
- Series TitleNew Ecologies for the Twenty-First Century
- Place of PublicationNorth Carolina
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintDuke University Press
- Content Note39 illustrations
- Weight431 g
- Width3887 mm
- Height5817 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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