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Cultures of Secrecy: Reinventing Race in Bush Kaliai Cargo Cults (review)

Cultures of Secrecy: Reinventing Race in Bush Kaliai Cargo Cults (review) the contemporary pacific · fall 2000 vocative, these articles often overflowed with novel insights and suggestive asides that had to be left undeveloped or unsupported as Lattas pursued his main arguments. Because these pieces were stuffed full in this way, they gave the impression that Lattas's thinking was unduly constrained by the article form. This book has thus been long awaited as a forum in which Lattas's writing could find its natural gait and his ideas could receive the full development they warranted. Even in the face of such high expectations, Cultures of Secrecy does not disappoint; compared to the articles, the ethnography is richer here, the arguments more completely worked through, and the authorial voice, while still powerful, more relaxed and carefully modulated. These qualities combine to make the book, among other things, the most important full-scale study of a regional tradition of cargo cults to have appeared in many years. At the heart of the book is the important claim that in order for people to contemplate change they must find a space outside their everyday lives from which they can view those lives critically and creatively. For the Bush Kaliai of West New Britain, the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

Cultures of Secrecy: Reinventing Race in Bush Kaliai Cargo Cults (review)

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 12 (2) – Jul 1, 2000

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the contemporary pacific · fall 2000 vocative, these articles often overflowed with novel insights and suggestive asides that had to be left undeveloped or unsupported as Lattas pursued his main arguments. Because these pieces were stuffed full in this way, they gave the impression that Lattas's thinking was unduly constrained by the article form. This book has thus been long awaited as a forum in which Lattas's writing could find its natural gait and his ideas could receive the full development they warranted. Even in the face of such high expectations, Cultures of Secrecy does not disappoint; compared to the articles, the ethnography is richer here, the arguments more completely worked through, and the authorial voice, while still powerful, more relaxed and carefully modulated. These qualities combine to make the book, among other things, the most important full-scale study of a regional tradition of cargo cults to have appeared in many years. At the heart of the book is the important claim that in order for people to contemplate change they must find a space outside their everyday lives from which they can view those lives critically and creatively. For the Bush Kaliai of West New Britain, the

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Published: Jul 1, 2000

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