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Becoming Landowners: Entanglements of Custom and Modernity in Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste

Victoria C. Stead

Abstract

Becoming Landowners: Entanglements of Custom and Modernity in Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste examines the impact of modernising processes of change—globalization, “development,” state- and nation-building—on customary land tenures, and customary communities, in two Pacific countries. Moving between multiple sites, scales, and forms of collectivity, Becoming Landowners explores the entanglements of custom and modernity that emerge from these processes. These entanglements are deeply ambivalent, giving rise to competing cartographies of power. They lend themselves to the diminishing of local a ... More

Keywords: land reform, land rights, landownership, development, state building, Pacific, Melanesia, anthropology, power

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780824856663
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824856663.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Victoria C. Stead, author
Deakin University