From 'Stone-Age' to 'Real-Time'

From 'Stone-Age' to 'Real-Time'

Exploring Papuan Temporalities, Mobilities and Religiosities

Edited by: Martin Slama, Jenny Munro

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There are probably no other people on earth to whom the image of the ‘stone-age’ is so persistently attached than the inhabitants of the island of New Guinea, which is divided into independent Papua New Guinea and the western part of the island, known today as Papua and West Papua. From ‘Stone-Age’ to ‘Real-Time’ examines the forms of agency, frictions and anxieties the current moment generates in West Papua, where the persistent ‘stone-age’ image meets the practices and ideologies of the ‘real-time’ – a popular expression referring to immediate digital communication. The volume is thus essentially occupied with discourses of time and space and how they inform questions of hierarchy and possibilities for equality. Papuans are increasingly mobile, and seeking to rework inherited ideas, institutions and technologies, while also coming up against palpable limits on what can be imagined or achieved, secured or defended. This volume investigates some of these trajectories for the cultural logics and social or political structures that shape them. The chapters are highly ethnographic, based on in-depth research conducted in diverse spaces within and beyond Papua. These contributions explore topics ranging from hip hop to HIV/ AIDS to historicity, filling much-needed conceptual and ethnographic lacunae in the study of West Papua.


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Apr 2015
ANU Press
Monographs in Anthropology
Arts & Humanities: Cultural Studies, History, Linguistics; Social Sciences: Anthropology, Indigenous Studies
Pacific: Papua New Guinea

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  1. From ‘Stone-Age’ to ‘Real-Time’: Exploring Papuan Temporalities, Mobilities and Religiosities – An Introduction (PDF, 205KB)Martin Slama and Jenny Munro doi
  2. Demonstrating the Stone-Age in Dutch New Guinea (PDF, 1.5MB)Danilyn Rutherford doi
  3. From Primitive Other to Papuan Self: Korowai Engagement with Ideologies of Unequal Human Worth in Encounters with Tourists, State Officials and Education (PDF, 1.3MB)Rupert Stasch doi
  4. Papua Coming of Age: The Cycle of Man’s Civilisation and Two Other Papuan Histories (PDF, 1.9MB)Jaap Timmer doi
  5. Under Two Flags: Encounters with Israel, Merdeka and the Promised Land in Tanah Papua (PDF, 1.8MB)Henri Myrttinen doi
  6. Hip Hop in Manokwari: Pleasures, Contestations and the Changing Face of Papuanness (PDF, 2.1MB)Sarah Richards doi
  7. ‘Now we know shame’: Malu and Stigma among Highlanders in the Papuan Diaspora (PDF, 2.8MB)Jenny Munro doi
  8. Torture as a Mode of Governance: Reflections on the Phenomenon of Torture in Papua, Indonesia (PDF, 3.0MB)Budi Hernawan doi
  9. ‘Living in HIV-land’: Mobility and Seropositivity among Highlands Papuan Men (PDF, 977KB)Leslie Butt doi
  10. Papua as an Islamic Frontier: Preaching in ‘the Jungle’ and the Multiplicity of Spatio-Temporal Hierarchisations (PDF, 3.8MB)Martin Slama doi

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