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Social segmentation, voting, and violence in Papua New Guinea

Rumsey, Alan


Over the past quarter century there has been a resurgence of warfare in the New Guinea Highlands. Much of this warfare and other violence has occurred at the interface between electoral politics and more "traditional" forms of segmentary social organization: tribes, clans, and the like. It has been seen by some scholars as a matter of "upward colonization," whereby local political traditions have penetrated the state. Although this view is illuminating, it has its limits: in practice, state and...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 1999
Type: Journal article
Source: The Contemporary Pacific


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