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Materializing the Nation: Commodities, Consumption, and Media in Papua New Guinea

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Publisher Comments:

"Foster shows us how seemingly banal activities like making a phone call, chewing betel nut, watching a Coke commercial may give important insights into the ways in which the nation is constructed, materialized or contested."--Orvar Löfgren, author of On Holiday: A History of Vacationing

Why, in the current era of globalization, does nationality remain an important dimension of personal and collective identities? In Materializing the Nation, Robert J. Foster argues that the contested process of nation making in Papua New Guinea unfolds not only through organized politics but also through mundane engagements with commodities and mass media. He offers a thoughtful critique of recent approaches to nationalism and consumption and an ethnographic perspective on constructs of the nation found in official policy documents, letters to the editor, school textbooks, song lyrics, advertisements, and other materials. This volume will appeal to readers interested in the links among nationalism, consumption, and media, in Melanesia and elsewhere.

Synopsis:

Foster shows us how seemingly banal activities like making a phone call, chewing betel nut, watching a Coke commercial may give important insights into the ways in which the nation is constructed, materialized or contested. — Orvar LAfgren, author of On Holiday: A History of Vacationing

Why, in the current era of globalization, does nationality remain an important dimension of personal and collective identities? In Materializing the Nation, Robert J. Foster argues that the contested process of nation making in Papua New Guinea unfolds not only through organized politics but also through mundane engagements with commodities and mass media. He offers a thoughtful critique of recent approaches to nationalism and consumption and an ethnographic perspective on constructs of the nation found in official policy documents, letters to the editor, school textbooks, song lyrics, advertisements, and other materials. This volume will appeal to readers interested in the links among nationalism, consumption, and media, in Melanesia and elsewhere.

Synopsis:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 183-194) and index.

About the Author

Robert J. Foster is Professor of Anthropology and Mercer Brugler Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Rochester. He is author of Social Reproduction and History in Melanesia and Coca-Globalization: Following Soft Drinks from New York to New Guinea and editor of Nation Making: Emergent Identities in Postcolonial Melanesia.

Table of Contents

Preliminary Table of Contents:

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Everyday Nation Making: The Case of Papua New Guinea

1. Take Care of Public Telephones: Moral Education and Nation-State Formation

2. Your Money, Our Money, the Government's Money: Finance and Fetishism in Melanesia

3. Print Advertisements and Nation Making

4. Commercial Mass Media: Notes on Agency, Bodies, and Commodity Consumption

5. The Commercial Construction of 'New' Nations

6. News of the World: Millenarian Christianity and the Olympic Torch Relay

7. Globalization: A Soft Drink Perspective

Notes

References

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780253215499
Author:
Foster, Robert J.
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Author:
Foster, Robert J.
Location:
Bloomington, IN
Subject:
Ethnology
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Anthropology
Subject:
Nationalism
Subject:
Ethnopsychology
Subject:
Materialism
Subject:
Consumption
Subject:
Anthropology - Papua New Guinea
Subject:
Ethnopsychology -- Papua New Guinea.
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Subject:
Performance Studies; Anthropology; Asia; Asian Studies; Cinema; Cultural Studies; Culture; History; Media; Pacific; Social Science; Sociology; Television and Radio Social Science
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Series Volume:
9
Publication Date:
20021031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
30 bandw photos, 1 index
Pages:
216
Dimensions:
9.72 x 6.38 x 0.79 in

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Product details 216 pages Indiana University Press - English 9780253215499 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Foster shows us how seemingly banal activities like making a phone call, chewing betel nut, watching a Coke commercial may give important insights into the ways in which the nation is constructed, materialized or contested. — Orvar LAfgren, author of On Holiday: A History of Vacationing

Why, in the current era of globalization, does nationality remain an important dimension of personal and collective identities? In Materializing the Nation, Robert J. Foster argues that the contested process of nation making in Papua New Guinea unfolds not only through organized politics but also through mundane engagements with commodities and mass media. He offers a thoughtful critique of recent approaches to nationalism and consumption and an ethnographic perspective on constructs of the nation found in official policy documents, letters to the editor, school textbooks, song lyrics, advertisements, and other materials. This volume will appeal to readers interested in the links among nationalism, consumption, and media, in Melanesia and elsewhere.

"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. 183-194) and index.
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