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dc.contributor.authorDundon, A.-
dc.identifier.citationThe Australian Journal of Anthropology, 2002; 13(2):139-154-
dc.description.abstractThis 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 encompasses an evangelical Christianity as well as the actions of the first ancestors and is based on a bodily experience of the environment, that community development is envisaged and debated. Whilst the oil drill in the north is discussed in terms of approval, villagers on the Fly River to the south are increasingly concerned about changes to their lifestyle and landscape. They explore this ambivalence through a discussion of the movements and moods of ancestrally-derived ‘monsters’ or ugu lopala, creatures who patrol the waterways of both north and south villages. At the same time, Gogodala from both communities are articulating what the transition from ‘living on sago’ to a lifestyle based on money might mean. This dialogue foregrounds an ongoing debate about the roles that the environment, village practices, the ancestral past and Christianity play in the constitution of the Gogodala way of life, and how these factors may initiate a certain kind of development.-
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityAlison Dundon-
dc.publisherAustralian Anthropological Soc-
dc.subjectEnvironmental impact-
dc.subjectPapua New Guinea: Culture-
dc.subjectCommunity development-
dc.titleMines and monsters: A dialogue on development in Western Province, Papua New Guinea-
dc.typeJournal article-
Appears in Collections:Anthropology & Development Studies publications
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