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Culture Change and Ex-Change: Syncretism and Anti-Syncretism in Bena, Eastern Highlands, Papua New Guinea

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Culture Change and Ex-Change

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

Regina Knapp

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

ISBN  978-1-78533-384-2 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Published (October 2017)

eISBN 978-1-78533-385-9 eBook

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“…this is a well-researched and ethnographically rich book…Readers with an interest in culture change, Melanesian personhood, the anthropology of Christianity, as well as those interested in the recent upsurge in sorcery and witchcraft in Papua New Guinea will find it particularly fascinating.” • Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

“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: Anthropology (General) Cultural Studies (General) Anthropology of Religion
Area: Asia-Pacific


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