Cultures of secrecy

Cultures of secrecy

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After driving the Japanese out of Papua New Guinea during World War II, the U.S. military left their gear -- and the makings of a cargo cult -- to the native Kaliai. Cultures of Secrecy offers a close look at how, for fifty years, the bush Kaliai in Melanesia have worked these tailings of the western world into their indigenous culture. Andrew Lattas shows how cargo cults in general bring together past, present, and future in their curious blending of traditional myths, imported folklore, borrowed state practices and ideologies, and reworked Christian stories. The result is a richly interdisciplinary work that uses ethnography to explore questions of racial experience, gender relations, space, time, death, and the politics of human relations.aquot;Introduction: Hysteria, Anthropological Discourse, and the Concept of the Unconscious-Cargo Cults and the Scientization of Race and Colonial Power. ... aquot; Skin, Personhood, and Redemption: The Double Self in West New Britain. ... Melbourne: Melbourne University Press. ... New York: Zone Books. ... The Savage Mind.

Title:Cultures of secrecy
Author: Andrew Lattas
Publisher:Univ of Wisconsin Pr - 1998

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