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A Faraway, Familiar PlaceAn Anthropologist Returns to Papua New Guinea$
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Michael French Smith

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780824836863

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824836863.001.0001

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Thoroughly Modern Kragur

Thoroughly Modern Kragur

(p.20) Chapter 2 Thoroughly Modern Kragur
A Faraway, Familiar Place

Michael French Smith

University of Hawai'i Press

The author reflects on his return to Kragur in 2008 and how the village has become part of the modern world. He first shares his views about electricity and other modern amenities in Kragur as well as their benefits to local residents and admits that many of the things he likes about Kragur are things many villagers would be glad to be rid of. He then discusses education in Kragur and suggests that Papua New Guinea's economy has not produced enough jobs for those who can read, write, and juggle numbers to absorb all of Kragur's bright young people. He also talks about his aversion to working under orders and by the clock, a sentiment he shares with the Kragur people. Finally, he describes Kragur villagers as modern people, particularly in the economic sphere, and emphasizes the moral dilemmas of modernity.

Keywords:   modernity, Kragur, electricity, education, Papua New Guinea, economy

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