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'Grassroots', 'Elites' and the New 'Working Class' of Papua New Guinea

Cox, John


PNG is often imagined to be a country divided into 'grassroots' and 'elites'. However, this paper explores the position of the middle class, or 'working class' in the contemporary PNG idiom, and argues that this important group is deserving of more sustained attention and should not simply be dismissed as an 'out of touch' urban elite.

CollectionsANU Dept. of Pacific Affairs (DPA) formerly State, Society and Governance in Melanesia (SSGM) Program
Date published: 2014
Type: Working/Technical Paper
Access Rights: Open Access


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