From Stone to Steel: Economic Consequences of a Technological Change in New Guinea

From Stone to Steel: Economic Consequences of a Technological Change in New Guinea

From Stone to Steel: Economic Consequences of a Technological Change in New Guinea

From Stone to Steel: Economic Consequences of a Technological Change in New Guinea

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This book is one outcome of fieldwork conducted in New Guinea in 1952-3, as a Research Scholar of The Australian National University, under the direction of the late Professor S. F. Nadel, whose writings (together with those of Professor Raymond Firth) have stimulated much of the present analysis. He was a most methodical and tireless fieldworker, and his example and sharp criticism tended to force his students to emulate him, no matter how unmethodical they might be. Under his direction I had the advantages before I went to the field of learning pidgin from Dr Peter Lawrence, of being stimulated to collect economic statistics by Dr Cyril Belshaw, and of being introduced to field conditions by Dr K. E. (Mick) Read. My study was primarily of the social structure and religion of the Siane people, and was written up in 1954 in a manuscript report, although the economic statistics I had incidentally gathered remained unanalysed. In the summer of 1955 I had discussions with Drs John Pelzel, David Riesman and Howard Roseborough which stimulated me to write the bulk of the present work in the winter of 1955-6. At this time I had the good fortune to join a group headed by Drs Talcott Parsons and Neil Smelser, working on the final revisions of their book, Economy and Society (Glencoe, Free Press, 1957). It immediately became apparent that the substance of my study was an independent confirmation of many of the analyses contained in their work. It was arrived at inductively from the consideration of the economic concepts used by the Siane, whereas their analyses had been deductive starting from Dr Parsons' general theory of action. In the body of the present work I have not referred to Economy and Society but have left the convergences to appear of their own accord.

Dr Douglas Oliver, Dr Walt Rostow and Dr W. E. H. Stanner read the early drafts of the work and gave invaluable criticism after Professor Nadel's untimely death allowed him to comment on only one chapter. In 1957 the book was submitted as a doctoral thesis at The Australian National University, at which time further criticism was given by Drs Raymond Firth, George Foster, Gunder Frank, Bert Hoselitz and Sol Tax. The work was then revised for publication taking into account these criticisms, which have been of the utmost value in reformulating many problems, and drawing on comparative material available up to the middle of 1959. To all . . .

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