New Lives for Old: Cultural Transformation -- Manus, 1928- 1953

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New Peri

My first impression of New Peri came from a rough map, very thoughtfully made for me by a government officer, showing two blocks of houses arranged in rows, with roughly thirty houses on each side and a large rectangular space between them stretching from the church to the waterfront, where there was a huge, threesided dock which was labelled "dock where no ships come." This diagram indicated a very crowded village. The comment about the dock was inexplicable to me then. It was in fact a joke about cargo which was to have been brought by magical ships. An accompanying note explained that there was no space for building a house for me, so it had been arranged that I was to have the "second house from the dock" on the right-hand side of the map, a native house with a plank floor which would be renovated for me. The people of the former village of Peri now lived, the note concluded, on the edge of the little flat island of Shallalou, which belonged to Messrs. Edgell and Whiteley of the Pak Plantation.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Plates ix
  • Preface and Acknowledgements xi
  • Geographical and Linguistic Note xix
  • 1 - Introduction 3
  • Part One 19
  • II - Arrival in Peri, 1953 21
  • III - Old Peri: An Economic Treadmill 45
  • IV - The Wider Context in 1928 70
  • V - Yesterday's Children Seen Today 103
  • VI - Roots of Change in Old Peri 138
  • Part Two 161
  • VII - The Unforeseeable: The Coming of the American Army 163
  • VIII - Paliau: The Man Who Met the Hour 188
  • IX - What Happened, 1946-1953 212
  • Part Three 243
  • X - New Peri 245
  • XI - The New Way 275
  • XII - "And Unto God the Things That Are God's" 317
  • XIII - Rage, Rhythm, and Autonomy 343
  • XIV - New Working of Old Themes 362
  • XV - The Sunday That Was Straight 386
  • XVI - Women, Sex, and Sin 399
  • XVII - Reprieve -- in Twentieth-Century Terms 411
  • XVIII - Implications for the World 435
  • Notes to Chapters 459
  • Notes to Plates 471
  • Appendix I 481
  • Appendix II 502
  • Appendix III 516
  • Appendix IV 521
  • References 529
  • Index 533
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