The death of the Big Men and the rise of the Big Shots : custom and conflict in East New Britain / Keir Martin.

"In 1994, the Pacific island village of Matupit was partially destroyed by a volcanic eruption. This study focuses on the subsequent reconstruction and contests over the morality of exchanges that are generative of new forms of social stratification. Such new dynamics of stratification are cent...

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Main Author: Martin, Keir (Author)
Format: Electronic
Published: New York : Berghahn Books, 2013.
Series:ASAO studies in Pacific anthropology ; v. 3.
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Table of Contents:
  • Introduction : Land politics and postcolonial sociality in the wake of environmental disaster
  • An orientation to the shifting patterns of Tolai land tenure
  • Land at Sikut : Freedom from kastom and economic development
  • Kulia : an ambiguous transaction
  • What makes a landholder : a case study of a Matupit land dispute
  • Kastom, family and clan : Extending and limiting obligations
  • Kastom and contested reciprocity
  • Big Shots, corned beef and big heads
  • A fish trap for kastom
  • Big Men, Big Shots and bourgeois individuals : Conflicts over moral obligation and the limits of reciprocity
  • Your own buai you must buy : The Big Shot as contemporary Melanesian possessive individual
  • Conclusions.