Materializing the Nation

Materializing the Nation : Commodities, Consumption, and Media in Papua New Guinea

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"Foster shows us how seemingly banal activities like making a phone call, chewing betel nut, watching a Coke commercial may give important insights into the ways in which the nation is constructed, materialized or contested."-Orvar Lofgren, author of On Holiday: A History of VacationingWhy, in the current era of globalization, does nationality remain an important dimension of personal and collective identities? In Materializing the Nation, Robert J. Foster argues that the contested process of nation making in Papua New Guinea unfolds not only through organized politics but also through mundane engagements with commodities and mass media. He offers a thoughtful critique of recent approaches to nationalism and consumption and an ethnographic perspective on constructs of the nation found in official policy documents, letters to the editor, school textbooks, song lyrics, advertisements, and other materials. This volume will appeal to readers interested in the links among nationalism, consumption, and media, in Melanesia and elsewhere.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 216 pages
  • 162.1 x 246.9 x 20.1mm | 476.28g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 30 b&w photos, 1 index
  • 0253215498
  • 9780253215499
  • 1,300,118

About Robert J. Foster

Robert J. Foster is Professor of Anthropology and Mercer Brugler Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Rochester. He is author of Social Reproduction and History in Melanesia and Coca-Globalization: Following Soft Drinks from New York to New Guinea and editor of Nation Making: Emergent Identities in Postcolonial Melanesia.show more

Table of contents

Preliminary Table of Contents: AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Everyday Nation Making: The Case of Papua New Guinea1. Take Care of Public Telephones: Moral Education and Nation-State Formation2. Your Money, Our Money, the Government's Money: Finance and Fetishism in Melanesia3. Print Advertisements and Nation Making4. Commercial Mass Media: Notes on Agency, Bodies, and Commodity Consumption5. The Commercial Construction of 'New' Nations6. News of the World: Millenarian Christianity and the Olympic Torch Relay7. Globalization: A Soft Drink PerspectiveNotesReferencesIndexshow more

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"Foster shows us how seemingly banal activities like making a phone call, chewing betel nut, watching a Coke commercial may give important insights into the ways in which the nation is constructed, materialized or contested."-Orvar Lofgren, author of On Holiday: A History of Vacationingshow more

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