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Village on the Edge: Changing Times in Papua New Guinea (review)

Village on the Edge: Changing Times in Papua New Guinea (review) 502 the contemporary pacific • fall 2003 New Guinea, New Caledonia, Fiji, research site? Wouldn’t we all, like and Vanuatu. Lack of representation Kenneth Read (Return to the High from Northern Pacific (Micronesian) Valley, 1986), like to return to “high societies, however, continues an valleys” of our youth and first field- entrenched but unfortunate north– work? The journey we envision is a south divide that permeates and thus complex personal pilgrimage as well limits the scholarly literature on the as an intellectual and academic quest: Pacific Basin. What happened to our friends and the These latter comments notwith- people who meant—and mean—so standing, this carefully crafted collec- much to us? Have their lives been tion is a very valuable and welcome altered, experiences been modified, addition to the literature. It makes a new meanings evolved? Michael contribution not just to Pacific schol- French Smith originally did field arship but also to the entire arena of research on Kairiru Island off the maternity in the contemporary world north coast near Wewak in 1975–76 as it lucidly and provocatively uncov- and was able to make brief and infor- ers and grapples with central tensions mal visits back to the village of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

Village on the Edge: Changing Times in Papua New Guinea (review)

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 15 (2) – Aug 7, 2003

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University of Hawai'I Press
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Copyright © 2003 University of Hawai'i Press.
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Abstract

502 the contemporary pacific • fall 2003 New Guinea, New Caledonia, Fiji, research site? Wouldn’t we all, like and Vanuatu. Lack of representation Kenneth Read (Return to the High from Northern Pacific (Micronesian) Valley, 1986), like to return to “high societies, however, continues an valleys” of our youth and first field- entrenched but unfortunate north– work? The journey we envision is a south divide that permeates and thus complex personal pilgrimage as well limits the scholarly literature on the as an intellectual and academic quest: Pacific Basin. What happened to our friends and the These latter comments notwith- people who meant—and mean—so standing, this carefully crafted collec- much to us? Have their lives been tion is a very valuable and welcome altered, experiences been modified, addition to the literature. It makes a new meanings evolved? Michael contribution not just to Pacific schol- French Smith originally did field arship but also to the entire arena of research on Kairiru Island off the maternity in the contemporary world north coast near Wewak in 1975–76 as it lucidly and provocatively uncov- and was able to make brief and infor- ers and grapples with central tensions mal visits back to the village of

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