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(Re?)Discovering Chiefs: traditional authority and the restructuring of local-level government in Papua New Guinea


In the 1960s and 1970s, what most people knew - or at least thought they knew - about Papua New Guinea's 'traditional' societies was that they were essentially egalitarian: excepting a few societies which possessed hereditarial chieftaincies, leadership was typically by 'bigmen', who achieved their status through competition, and community decision making was predominantly consensual. Although challenged by a number of scholars from the mid 1970's, this stereotypical view still has a good deal...[Show more]

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Date published: 1997
Type: Working/Technical Paper


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