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An Oceanic revolution? Stella and the construction of new femininities in Papua New Guinea and the Pacific

Spark, Ceridwen

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In August 2012, a new magazine for women was released in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Entitled Stella, the magazine provides an ideal opportunity to analyse shifting constructions of gender among educated, employed women in PNG and elsewhere in the Pacific. Drawing on interviews, surveys and readers’ letters, this article discusses Papua New Guinean women who, because they display ‘modern attributes’, are maligned and discredited as ‘inauthentic’. It then goes on to document the ways in which Stella...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorSpark, Ceridwen
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-10T21:57:33Z
dc.identifier.issn1757-6547
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/39825
dc.description.abstractIn August 2012, a new magazine for women was released in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Entitled Stella, the magazine provides an ideal opportunity to analyse shifting constructions of gender among educated, employed women in PNG and elsewhere in the Pacific. Drawing on interviews, surveys and readers’ letters, this article discusses Papua New Guinean women who, because they display ‘modern attributes’, are maligned and discredited as ‘inauthentic’. It then goes on to document the ways in which Stella is enabling such women to assert themselves anew. Arguing that the publication of Stella marks the arrival into the public sphere of a group hitherto consigned to the margins of Pacific societies on the basis that they represent an ‘inauthentic minority’, the article makes an important contribution to scholarly discussion about the emergence of new femininities in PNG and the Pacific.
dc.publisherAustralian Anthropological Society Inc
dc.sourceAustralian Journal of Anthropology
dc.subjectKeywords: Femininities; Oceanic identity; Pacific; Transnationalism
dc.titleAn Oceanic revolution? Stella and the construction of new femininities in Papua New Guinea and the Pacific
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume25
dc.date.issued2014
local.identifier.absfor169905 - Studies of Pacific Peoples' Societies
local.identifier.absfor220306 - Feminist Theory
local.identifier.ariespublicationu4015830xPUB184
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationSpark, Ceridwen, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue1
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage54
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage72
local.identifier.doi10.1111/taja.12066
local.identifier.absseo940106 - Citizenship and National Identity
local.identifier.absseo940115 - Pacific Peoples Development and Welfare
dc.date.updated2020-12-27T07:28:54Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-84898421847
local.identifier.thomsonID000334380500004
CollectionsANU Research Publications

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