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The Unseen City: Anthropological Perspectives on Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (review)

The Unseen City: Anthropological Perspectives on Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (review) 444 the contemporary pacific • 18:2 (2006) a self-fulfilling prophecy leading only By using the Net, these émigré patri- to a further decline in local and busi- ots abroad sought from all sides to ness confidence as well as in law and understand and share their indigenous order. Moore sees the peace-monitor- perceptions of what was happening ing Operation Helpem Fren in July among their largely illiterate and often 2003 as a long overdue reversal of voiceless wantoks (literally, “one talk”; Australian policy following directly relative or language group) at home. from the aftermath of 9 /11 and from Thus, through e-mail, there was the October 2002 bombing of Aus- indigenous discussion throughout, tralian tourists in Bali. Moore con- even though mostly from a distance. cludes his book with the arrival in It is very much to be hoped that these Honiara on 24 July 2003 of the vigorous indigenous commentaries, Australian-led intervention force, a modern equivalent of “coconut ramsi (Regional Assistance Mission radio” (gossip), has been preserved to Solomon Islands), tasked to restore somehow, somewhere. With further law and order and to begin to rehabil- in-depth interviewing of the real par- itate the shattered economy and ticipants while http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

The Unseen City: Anthropological Perspectives on Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (review)

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 18 (2) – Jul 27, 2006

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University of Hawai'I Press
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Copyright © 2006 University of Hawai'i Press.
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Abstract

444 the contemporary pacific • 18:2 (2006) a self-fulfilling prophecy leading only By using the Net, these émigré patri- to a further decline in local and busi- ots abroad sought from all sides to ness confidence as well as in law and understand and share their indigenous order. Moore sees the peace-monitor- perceptions of what was happening ing Operation Helpem Fren in July among their largely illiterate and often 2003 as a long overdue reversal of voiceless wantoks (literally, “one talk”; Australian policy following directly relative or language group) at home. from the aftermath of 9 /11 and from Thus, through e-mail, there was the October 2002 bombing of Aus- indigenous discussion throughout, tralian tourists in Bali. Moore con- even though mostly from a distance. cludes his book with the arrival in It is very much to be hoped that these Honiara on 24 July 2003 of the vigorous indigenous commentaries, Australian-led intervention force, a modern equivalent of “coconut ramsi (Regional Assistance Mission radio” (gossip), has been preserved to Solomon Islands), tasked to restore somehow, somewhere. With further law and order and to begin to rehabil- in-depth interviewing of the real par- itate the shattered economy and ticipants while

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Published: Jul 27, 2006

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