Sugar, Culture, and History
Sugar, Culture, and History
To understand the creation of such a startling place, Frederick Errington and Deborah Gewertz explore the perspectives of the diverse participants that had a hand in its creation. In examining these views, they also consider those of Yali, a local Papua New Guinean political leader. Significantly, Yali features not only in the story of RSL, but also in Jared Diamond’s Pulitzer Prize winning world history Guns, Germs, and Steel—a history probed through its contrast with RSL’s. The authors’ disagreement with Diamond stems, not from the generality of his focus and the specificity of theirs, but from a difference in view about how history is made—and from an insistence that those with power be held accountable for affecting history.
360 pages | 28 halftones, 3 maps | 6 x 9 | © 2004
Lewis Henry Morgan Lecture Series
Anthropology: Cultural and Social Anthropology
Asian Studies: Southeast Asia and Australia
Economics and Business: Economics--Development, Growth, Planning
Geography: Cultural and Historical Geography
History: Asian History
Sociology: Social History
"[The book] is richly written and full of thick descriptions of people, places, and processes. It is also rich in terms of its theoretical contribution. Errington and Gewertz interweave a cogent and convincing argument about how to write and read history with their ethnography of [Ramu Sugar Limited], its workers, agents, adn owners, and ground it all within the history aof development in [Papua New Guinea]."
Paise West | Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute
"Yali’s afterlife finds him in good literary circles. Booker PLC washed some of his plantation profits to establish the Booker Prize. . . . Diamond’s book won the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for general non-fiction. Now, Errington and Gewertz, who appreciate and answer Yali with anthropological seriousness, are also in this sweet company."
Lamont Lindstrom | Anthropological Forum
"Significant and fascinating books have been published from the Lewis Henry Morgan Lecture Series, including several that demonstrate how Melanesia has been a driving force for theorization in anthropology. Here is another."
James Leach | Contemporary Pacific
Table of Contents
Introduction: On Avoiding a History of the Self-Evident and the Self-Interested
1. What Do They (Should They) Want?
2. Factories in Fact and Fancy
3. The Peopling of a Place and the Placing of People
4. Clansman, Family Man, and Family-of-Man Man at RSL
5. The Life of Expatriates: Setting the Standards
6. Replacing Expatriates with Papua New Guineans
7. On Landowners, Outgrowers—and Just a Little Respect
8. On the Road, Mari Style
9. Hewers of Wood and Drawers of Water
Conclusion: On Listening
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