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Under the Gun: The Small Arms Challenge in the Pacific (review)

Under the Gun: The Small Arms Challenge in the Pacific (review) book and media reviews 245 repeatedly reworked for local con- Under the Gun: The Small Arms sumption in a strategy that effectively Challenge in the Pacific, by David prevents “other [non-Biak] scripts Capie. Wellington: Victoria University from making sense” (237). Press, in association with [the] Peace There is a great deal in Ruther- and Disarmament Education Trust, ford’s argument to admire, and, as Department of Internal Affairs, 2003. with all good arguments, much to isbn 0-86473-453-0, 160 pages, take issue with. Her area studies alle- tables, appendixes, notes. Paper, giances tend to reproduce the nation- us $24.95. alisms of New Guinea’s colonial boundaries (Biak’s position is clearly It was the kind of thing one might signaled in the subtitle of the book). expect in a Schwarzenegger block- Despite her claims to be looking east buster, but not in downtown Port as well as west for analogies, this is Moresby. In December 1999, a gang an account of Biak society oriented of gun-toting men hijacked a com- very much toward Jakarta and Indo- mercial helicopter and used it to land nesianist ethnography, and sometimes on the roof of a bank. Armed with strangely detached from historical or military rifles and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

Under the Gun: The Small Arms Challenge in the Pacific (review)

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 17 (1) – Jan 27, 2005

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University of Hawai'I Press
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Copyright © 2005 University of Hawai'i Press.
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Abstract

book and media reviews 245 repeatedly reworked for local con- Under the Gun: The Small Arms sumption in a strategy that effectively Challenge in the Pacific, by David prevents “other [non-Biak] scripts Capie. Wellington: Victoria University from making sense” (237). Press, in association with [the] Peace There is a great deal in Ruther- and Disarmament Education Trust, ford’s argument to admire, and, as Department of Internal Affairs, 2003. with all good arguments, much to isbn 0-86473-453-0, 160 pages, take issue with. Her area studies alle- tables, appendixes, notes. Paper, giances tend to reproduce the nation- us $24.95. alisms of New Guinea’s colonial boundaries (Biak’s position is clearly It was the kind of thing one might signaled in the subtitle of the book). expect in a Schwarzenegger block- Despite her claims to be looking east buster, but not in downtown Port as well as west for analogies, this is Moresby. In December 1999, a gang an account of Biak society oriented of gun-toting men hijacked a com- very much toward Jakarta and Indo- mercial helicopter and used it to land nesianist ethnography, and sometimes on the roof of a bank. Armed with strangely detached from historical or military rifles and

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Published: Jan 27, 2005

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