The Alienations of Murik Men in a Papua New Guinea Modernity

  • David Lipset

Part of the Culture, Mind, and Society book series (CMAS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Dialogics of Masculine Alienation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 27-27
    2. David Lipset
      Pages 57-77
    3. David Lipset
      Pages 79-98
  3. In the Time and Space of the Other

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 99-99
    2. David Lipset
      Pages 101-134
    3. David Lipset
      Pages 135-163
    4. David Lipset
      Pages 165-191
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 193-253

About this book


This book analyses the dual alienations of a coastal group rural men, the Murik of Papua New Guinea. David Lipset argues that Murik men engage in a Bakhtinian dialogue: voicing their alienation from both their own, indigenous masculinity, as well as from the postcolonial modernity in which they find themselves adrift. Lipset analyses young men’s elusive expressions of desire in courtship narratives, marijuana discourse, and mobile phone use—in which generational tensions play out together with their disaffection from the state. He also borrows from Lacanian psychoanalysis in discussing how men’s dialogue of dual alienation appears in folk theater, in material substitutions—most notably, in the replacement of outrigger canoes by fiberglass boats—as well as in rising sea-levels, and the looming possibility of resettlement.  


Psychological Anthropology Papua New Guinea Murik Lakes Bakhtin Lacan Pacific Studies Post-colonial Studies Masculinity Climate Change and Culture Sepik River

Authors and affiliations

  • David Lipset
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Minnesota Twin CitiesSt PaulUSA

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