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Volume 6

Person, Space and Memory in the Contemporary Pacific

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Culture Change and Ex-Change

Syncretism and Anti-Syncretism in Bena, Eastern Highlands, Papua New Guinea

Regina Knapp

395 pages, 18 illus., 2 maps, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-384-2 $140.00/£100.00 Hb Not Yet Published (September 2017)

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“This book is a rich ethnography of Bena people in the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea and their cultural focus on exchange relationships.” · Sabine C. Hess, Australia National University

How is cultural change perceived and performed by members of the Bena Bena language group, who live in the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea? In her analysis, Knapp draws upon existing bodies of work on ‘culture change’, ‘exchange’ and ‘person’ in Melanesia but brings them together in a new way by conjoining traditional models with theoretical approaches of the new Melanesian ethnography and with collaborative, reflexive and reverse anthropology.

Regina Knapp acquired her PhD degree in 2011 at the Australian National University, Canberra. Since her early studies she conducted various research projects in Papua New Guinea.

Subject: General Anthropology General Cultural Studies Religion
Area: Asia-Pacific

LC: DU740.42 .K517 2017

BISAC: SOC002010 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Anthropology/Cultural; REL000000 RELIGION/General

BIC: JHMC Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography; JFC Cultural studies


Index of Maps and Photographs
Abbreviations & Layout Styles

Introduction: Culture Change and Exchange

Chapter 1. Bena Stories, Histories and Sociality
Chapter 2. Unexpected Actions and strategic Exchanges: Leadership and Economy
Chapter 3. In Exchange with the World: The Concept of Person in Bena
Chapter 4. Changing Exchanges: Bena Life Cycle Rituals
Birth: Entering a world of Exchange Relationships
Chapter 5. Magical Practices and their Transformations in Modern Bena
Chapter 6. Sanguma: The ‘Essence-Suckers’
Chapter 7. In Exchange with God: Christianity in modern Bena
Chapter 8. Expect the Unexpected: Scientology in Napamogona

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