Reverse Anthropology: Indigenous Analysis of Social and Environmental Relations in New Guinea by Stuart Kirsch (Paperback, 2006)
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- DescriptionWhile ethgraphy ordinarily privileges anthropological interpretations, this book attempts the reciprocal process of describing indigeus modes of analysis. Drawing on long-term ethgraphic research with the Yonggom people of New Guinea, the author examines how indigeus analysis organizes local kwledge and provides a framework for interpreting events, from first contact and colonial rule to contemporary interactions with a multinational mining company and the Indonesian state. This book highlights Yonggom participation in two political movements: an international campaign against the Ok Tedi mine, which is responsible for extensive deforestation and environmental problems, and the opposition to Indonesian control over West Papua, including Yonggom experiences as political refugees in Papua New Guinea. The author challenges a prevailing homogenization in current representations of indigeus peoples, showing how Yonggom modes of analysis specifically have shaped these political movements.
- Author BiographyStuart Kirsch is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan.
- Author(s)Stuart Kirsch
- PublisherStanford University Press
- Date of Publication03/08/2006
- SubjectSociology & Anthropology: Professional
- Place of PublicationPalo Alto
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintStanford University Press
- Content Note2 figures, 20 illustrations, 2 maps
- Weight399 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine17 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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