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Title: Counterparts: Clothing, value and the sites of otherness in Panapompom ethnographic encounters
Authors: Rollason, W
Keywords: Clothing;Papua New Guinea;Post-colony;Alterity;Ethnography
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Citation: Anthropological Forum, 18(1), 17 - 35, 2008
Abstract: Panapompom people living in the western Louisiade Archipelago of Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea, see their clothes as indices of their perceived poverty. ‘Development’ as a valued form of social life appears as images that attach only loosely to the people employing them. They nevertheless hold Panapompom people to account as subjects to a voice and gaze that is located in the imagery they strive to present: their clothes. This predicament strains anthropological approaches to the study of Melanesia that subsist on strict alterity, because native self‐judgments are located ‘at home’ for the ethnographer. In this article, I develop the notion of the counterpart as a means to explore these forms of postcolonial oppression and their implications for the ethnographic encounter.
Description: This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Anthropological Forum, 18(1), 17-35, 2008 [copyright Taylor & Francis], available online at:
ISSN: 0066-4677
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