This book explores questions of identity and value posed by people living on (or near) the small Pacific island of Karavar in Papua New Guinea, focusing on how the Karavarans' long-term preoccupation has played out in various social contexts.
Introduction: Neither Shattered Eden nor Inflexible Tradition—A Hundred Years of Entanglement in East New Britain 1. Resistance Through Emulation: On Patrols, Reports, and "Cults" in Colonial New Britain 2. Dueling Currencies in East New Britain: The Construction of Shell Money as National Cultural Property 3. From Darkness to Light in the George Brown Jubilee: The Invention of Nontradition and the Inscription of a National History in East New Britain 4. First Contact with God: Individualism, Agency, and Revivalism in the Duke of York Islands 5. The Triumph of Capitalism in East New Britain? A Contemporary Papua New Guinean Rhetoric of Motives