Perspectives on Music Sharing via Mobile Phones in Papua New Guinea

  • Oli Wilson


The research presented in this chapter seeks to broaden our understanding and perception of the contemporary media landscape by examining the application of new digital communication technologies in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Mobile phones have recently become widespread in certain areas of PNG, a country renowned in the western popular imagination for its remoteness and ancient traditions. PNG also hosts a vibrant popular music culture, which is due in part to the increased global availability of digital recording technologies. This chapter explores how the contemporary consumption of popular music via mobile phones reflects local social and cultural practices relating to the Melanesian gift-economy, while demonstrating new adaptations and sharing practices among diverse urban youth.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Massey UniversityWellingtonNew Zealand

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