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Conceiving Cultures: Reproducing People and Places on Nuakata, Papua New Guinea (review)

Conceiving Cultures: Reproducing People and Places on Nuakata, Papua New Guinea (review) 494 the contemporary pacific • 17:2 (2005) practices that address that ethos are Conceiving Cultures: Reproducing more fluid and dynamic? This ques- People and Places on Nuakata, Papua tion has important implications for New Guinea, by Shelley Mallett. Ann contemporary culture theory. Arbor: University of Michigan Press, Next, Goodenough nicely discusses 2003. isbn 0-472-06828-8; xi + 338 the important experiences within the pages, photographs, notes, glossary, family and local community that pro- references, index. us$24.95. mote needs and concerns involving generosity and respectfulness. But, Shelley Mallett’s monograph on he does not adequately address the Nuakatan reproductive beliefs com- importance of building one’s reputa- bines ethnographic data with personal tion for bravery and effectiveness introspection about the research through activities with one’s peers, process. Mallett suggests other ethno- particularly among same-sex peers. graphers assert a scientific neutrality He does discuss the importance of that she claims is not actually felt in effectiveness and bravery in relation the field, and that they dismiss emo- to cross-sex peer relations (eg, roman- tional and experiential aspects of tic pursuits), but not enough attention research in favor of presenting empiri- is given to same-sex peer activities cal findings. To counter this trend, involving contests http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

Conceiving Cultures: Reproducing People and Places on Nuakata, Papua New Guinea (review)

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 17 (2) – Jul 29, 2005

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Abstract

494 the contemporary pacific • 17:2 (2005) practices that address that ethos are Conceiving Cultures: Reproducing more fluid and dynamic? This ques- People and Places on Nuakata, Papua tion has important implications for New Guinea, by Shelley Mallett. Ann contemporary culture theory. Arbor: University of Michigan Press, Next, Goodenough nicely discusses 2003. isbn 0-472-06828-8; xi + 338 the important experiences within the pages, photographs, notes, glossary, family and local community that pro- references, index. us$24.95. mote needs and concerns involving generosity and respectfulness. But, Shelley Mallett’s monograph on he does not adequately address the Nuakatan reproductive beliefs com- importance of building one’s reputa- bines ethnographic data with personal tion for bravery and effectiveness introspection about the research through activities with one’s peers, process. Mallett suggests other ethno- particularly among same-sex peers. graphers assert a scientific neutrality He does discuss the importance of that she claims is not actually felt in effectiveness and bravery in relation the field, and that they dismiss emo- to cross-sex peer relations (eg, roman- tional and experiential aspects of tic pursuits), but not enough attention research in favor of presenting empiri- is given to same-sex peer activities cal findings. To counter this trend, involving contests

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The Contemporary PacificUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Jul 29, 2005

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