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Money Games: Gambling in a Papua New Guinea Town

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Volume 10

ASAO Studies in Pacific Anthropology

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Money Games

Gambling in a Papua New Guinea Town

Anthony J. Pickles

250 pages, 7 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-221-2 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Not Yet Published (June 2019)

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Gambling in Papua New Guinea, despite being completely absent prior to the Colonial era, has come to supersede storytelling as the region’s main nighttime activity. Money Games is an ethnographic monograph which reveals the contemporary importance of gambling in urban Papua New Guinea. Rich ethnographic detail is coupled with cross-cultural comparison spanning the globe. This anthropological study of everyday economics in Melanesia thereby intersects with theories of money, value, play, informal economy, social change and leadership.

Anthony J. Pickles is British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow and Affiliated Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge and Bye-Fellow of Wolfson College Cambridge. He was formerly Junior Research Fellow at Trinity College Cambridge.

Subject: General Anthropology Political Economy General Cultural Studies
Area: Asia-Pacific


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Notes on Text


Chapter 1. Selected Histories
Chapter 2. The Pattern Changes Changes
Chapter 3. The Tyranny of Denomination
Chapter 4. The Fastest Money in Goroka
Chapter 5. The Big-Shots at Old Slots
Chapter 6. The Origin of Pooling


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