The Death of the Big Men and the Rise of the Big Shots: Custom and Conflict in East New Britain

The Death of the Big Men and the Rise of the Big Shots: Custom and Conflict in East New Britain

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In 1994, the Pacific island village of Matupit was partially destroyed by a volcanic eruption. This study focuses on the subsequent reconstruction and contests over the morality of exchanges that are generative of new forms of social stratification. Such new dynamics of stratification are central to contemporary processes of globalization in the Pacific, and more widely. Through detailed ethnography of the transactions that a displaced people entered into in seeking… (more)