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Managing Modernity in the Western Pacific edited by Mary Patterson and Martha Macintyre (review)

Managing Modernity in the Western Pacific edited by Mary Patterson and Martha Macintyre (review) book and media reviews unanswered by Peek's novel (which vaults at various points into political analysis), this reader urges an even keener attendance to the historical silences around the stands taken by people of all ethnicities against development in the islands, successful or not. Nevertheless, his sweeping, epic novel allows us to glimpse the hidden world that has stymied these collective efforts and what can be learned for the future, which is now. This is the uneasy and provocative invitation that Peek's novel issues to the reader: to dig beneath the surface of politicsas-usual. sense and logics. Aiming to identify which areas of everyday life constitute domains for managing modernity, contributors seek to distinguish "sheer contemporaneity" from aspects of modernity that can be recognized as such. Explicitly in conversation with African studies and specifically with Jean and John Comaroffs' work on millennial capitalism, this volume engages with "classic" topics in the anthropology of Melanesia including personhood and exchange while also exploring topics from the emerging anthropology of finance including investment, financial institutions, and tax regimes. Patterson and Macintyre, followed by Richard Sutcliffe, begin by theorizing enchantment as central to the workings of millennial capitalism. The two editors suggest http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

Managing Modernity in the Western Pacific edited by Mary Patterson and Martha Macintyre (review)

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 26 (1)

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Copyright © 2008 University of Hawai'i Press.
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Abstract

book and media reviews unanswered by Peek's novel (which vaults at various points into political analysis), this reader urges an even keener attendance to the historical silences around the stands taken by people of all ethnicities against development in the islands, successful or not. Nevertheless, his sweeping, epic novel allows us to glimpse the hidden world that has stymied these collective efforts and what can be learned for the future, which is now. This is the uneasy and provocative invitation that Peek's novel issues to the reader: to dig beneath the surface of politicsas-usual. sense and logics. Aiming to identify which areas of everyday life constitute domains for managing modernity, contributors seek to distinguish "sheer contemporaneity" from aspects of modernity that can be recognized as such. Explicitly in conversation with African studies and specifically with Jean and John Comaroffs' work on millennial capitalism, this volume engages with "classic" topics in the anthropology of Melanesia including personhood and exchange while also exploring topics from the emerging anthropology of finance including investment, financial institutions, and tax regimes. Patterson and Macintyre, followed by Richard Sutcliffe, begin by theorizing enchantment as central to the workings of millennial capitalism. The two editors suggest

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The Contemporary PacificUniversity of Hawai'I Press

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