Journal article

Reshaping the Social: A Comparison of Fasu and Kubo-Febi Approaches to Incorporating Land Groups

Monica Minnegal, Sandrine Lefort, Peter D Dwyer

Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology | Routledge Journals, Taylor and Francis | Published : 2015


In Papua New Guinea, local communities increasingly strive to render themselves ‘visible’ to the state as entities entitled to control and claim benefits from developments on their land. When people commit expressions of social form to paper they inevitably reshape previously operative social and political forms. This article compares ways in which two groups of Papua New Guineans have gone about the process of forming Incorporated Land Groups. Different histories of resource extraction, associated differences in engagement with state and companies and different pre-existing social forms are all reflected in the negotiations described. We discuss people's motivations for drawing up lists of ..

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