By Deborah B. Gewertz
By Frederick K. Errington
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print Publication Year:1999
Online Publication Date:December 2009
Subjects: Social and Cultural Anthropology
Class has become a feature of life in Papua New Guinea, evident in both "traditional" and "modern" settings. This book examines the emergence of class differences and its social and cultural ramifications in Wewak, capital of the East Sepik Province. It movingly conveys the injuries of class inequalities, and reveals how class has worked in similar and different ways, and how it has become possible and plausible for relatively affluent "nationals," even those living in modest urban centers, to present themselves as fundamentally superior to other Papua New Guineans.