Contents

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p. xi

Illustrations

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pp. xiii-xiv

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xv-xvi

My first encounter with Papua New Guinea took place in 1984, when I arrived from England to teach at the Law Faculty of the University of Papua New Guinea. Most of my many preconceptions about “law” and“order,” and “law and order,” were to be thoroughly challenged during my four years at the university. ...

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Chapter 1. Introduction

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pp. 1-10

The Australian territory of Papua New Guinea became the independent Melanesia, the state had external origins. Papua New Guinea’s territorial borders derived from partitioning by European powers in the late nineteenth century, a process that had taken little account of existing social and political groupings. ...

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Chapter 2. Order in Papua New Guinea: A Historical Overview

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pp. 11-39

This chapter outlines the ways in which challenges of order have been viewed during the transformations of recent PNG history, showing how issues of law and order are integrally bound up with wider processes of social, economic, and political change. ...

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Chapter 3. Perspectives on Crime and Disorder

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pp. 40-54

The three broad perspectives—materialist, culturalist, and institutionalist—that make up the analytical framework used for the case studies have been proposed in various ways by both observers of Papua New Guinea and PNG citizens themselves. ...

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Chapter 4. Rot Bilong Raskol: Passing through Crime

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pp. 55-110

The concept of the “gang” has become central in law-and-order discourse in Papua New Guinea, where the problem of criminal violence is often reduced to one of raskol gangs. The concept itself tends to be taken for granted and is rarely subject to critical scrutiny. ...

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Chapter 5. The Politics of Mining Security

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pp. 111-150

The forcible closure of Bougainville’s Panguna mine in 1989 vividly demonstrated the vulnerabilities of large-scale mining in Papua New Guinea. A number of initiatives have since been taken to improve security at mining and petroleum projects. Among them was the establishment of the Rapid Deployment Unit in 1992, a special police squad to protect project...

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Chapter 6. Fighting and Votes: Violence, Security, and the 1992 National Elections

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pp. 151-181

According to official assessments, the 1992 national election was largely trouble free. Deputy Police Commissioner Bob Nenta, commander of the security operation, said that it had been “most successful”1 with few incidents of serious violence.2 ...

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Chapter 7. From Disintegration to Reintegration?

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pp. 182-201

Papua New Guinea’s problems of order have emerged in their present form against a broader background of decolonization, state formation, and integration into the global economy. Each of the case studies has been analyzed in the context of these larger transformations. ...

Notes

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pp. 203-216

References

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pp. 217-239

Index

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pp. 241-248

Other Volumes in the Pacific Islands Monograph Series

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p. 249

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About the Author

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p. 251

Sinclair Dinnen is a Research Fellow in the Department of Political Studies of the Australian National University. He is one of three full-Melanesia Project. Dr Dinnen has lectured in law at the University of Papua New Guinea...