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Fashion as fetish: The agency of modern clothing and traditional body decoration among North Mekeo of Papua New Guinea

Mosko, Mark


Anthropologists and others have recently argued that Papua New Guineans' contemporary patterns of consumption including Western clothing fashions have become critical components of commodification, modernization, globalization, and the creation of individualistic personal identities in alignment with the nation-state. This paper suggests, however, that among North Mekeo the contemporary adoption of Western clothing styles also embodies additional meanings continuous with preexisting indigenous...[Show more]

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Date published: 2007
Type: Journal article
Source: The Contemporary Pacific


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