Kamula accounts of Rambo and the state of Papua New Guinea

Wood, Michael (2006) Kamula accounts of Rambo and the state of Papua New Guinea. Oceania, 76 (1). pp. 61-82.

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This paper contributes to the ethnography of masculinity and media in PNG. I outline some changes in Kamula men’s understandings of masculinity as they are registered in accounts of conflicts between state security services, the Kamula, Rambo and other actors. Outlining this history shows how Kamula men are increasingly entangled in forms of state power and violence that are partially defined by new myths of masculinity expressed in Melanesian readings of Rambo. The paper describes how some of the power effects linked to Rambo are transferred to Kamula men. I argue that in their accounts of Rambo the Kamula are also exploring different models of sovereignty and state power.

Item ID: 1569
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1834-4461
Keywords: PNG; Rambo; state; violence
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Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2007
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9402 Government and Politics > 940299 Government and Politics not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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