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Mines and Monsters: A Dialogue on Development in Western Province, Papua New Guinea

Dundon, Alison


This article analyses an internal debate between Gogodala villagers, Western Province, Papua New Guinea, in which they explore the concept of development through a dialogue that revolves around ela gi or 'way of life'. The analysis focuses on two developmental projects: the Ok Tedi gold and copper mine, which affects eight Gogodala villages on the lower Fly River, and a test oil drill carried out among northern Gogodala villages in 1995. I propose that it is through ela gi, a lifestyle that...[Show more]

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Date published: 2002
Type: Journal article
Source: Australian Journal of Anthropology, The


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