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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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No Two Ways about It

No Two Ways about It

(p.161) Chapter 12 No Two Ways about It
A Faraway, Familiar Place

Michael French Smith

University of Hawai'i Press

The author discusses the question of leadership in Kragur. In the 1970s, some villagers blamed many of Kragur's problems on lack of strong, centralized leadership, which they believed were key to the strength of the wealthy Yuropian countries of the world. Ironically, the more Kragur gets entangled with the wider world, the more leaders and would-be leaders proliferate, thus complicating the choices they face about which direction to lead. Catholicism has also confounded the leadership situation by providing opportunities for leadership to people without the credentials of a kokwal, particularly women. The author talks about the importance of leadership in addressing various problems in Kragur, including those relating to land, money, social relationships, electoral politics, women, and religion.

Keywords:   leadership, Kragur, Catholicism, kokwal, women, land, money, social relationships, electoral politics, religion

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