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  • Materializing the Nation: Commodities, Consumption, and Media in Papua New Guinea
  • Robert J. Foster
  • 2002
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  • Published by: Indiana University Press
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"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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. p. 1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. 2-7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Introduction: Everyday Nation Making: The Case of Papua New Guinea
  2. pp. 1-22
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  1. Part I: State-Sponsored Nation Making
  2. pp. 23-24
  1. 1 Take Care of Public Telephones: Moral Education and Nation-State Formation
  2. pp. 25-35
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  1. 2 Your Money, Our Money, the Government's Money: Finance and Fetishism in Melanesia
  2. pp. 36-60
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  1. Part II: Commercial Nation Making
  2. pp. 61-62
  1. 3 Print Advertisements and Nation Making
  2. pp. 63-84
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  1. 4 Commercial Mass Media: Notes on Agency, Bodies, and Commodity Consumption
  2. pp. 85-108
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  1. 5 The Commercial Construction of "New" Nations
  2. pp. 109-128
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  1. Part III: Nation Making in This Era of Globalization
  2. pp. 129-130
  1. 6 News of the World: Millenarian Christianity and the Olympic Torch Relay
  2. pp. 131-150
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  1. 7 Globalization: A Soft Drink Perspective
  2. pp. 151-174
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 175-182
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  1. References
  2. pp. 183-194
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 195-202
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  1. About the Author
  2. p. 216
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780253013613
Related ISBN(s)
9780253215499, 9780253341471
MARC Record
OCLC
862746654
Pages
216
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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