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Kago, Kastom and Kalja: The Study of Indigenous Movements in Melanesia Today

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ISBN: 9782956398127 DOI: 10.4000/books.pacific.149 Language: English
Publisher: pacific-credo Publications
Subject: History
Added to DOAB on : 2019-12-06 13:15:40
License: OpenEdition Licence for Books

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This volume, bringing together six ethnographic papers and an epilogue first presented at ASAO sessions in 2009 (Santa Cruz) and 2010 (Alexandria), includes a wealth of ethnographic and historical information on a topic of enduring interest in Pacific studies and anthropology: cargo cults. These fascinating social phenomena undoubtedly have ongoing relevance for ethnographies of Melanesia. In this collection of papers, we learn about the history of the concept itself as well as how contemporary movements articulate world views, political awareness, material desires and even criticism of the now globalized concept of cargo cult itself. The chapters offer remarkable stories of cult activities and interesting arguments about the entanglement of Western desire for both cargo and cults with these Melanesian visions of how to create a prosperous future for themselves.

Trust and Terror

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ISBN: 9781138201736 9781315505817 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 102663
Subject: Political Science
Added to DOAB on : 2019-02-26 11:21:03
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Why do some individuals choose to protest political grievances via non-violent means, while others take up arms? What role does whom we trust play in how we collectively act? This book explores these questions by delving into the relationship between interpersonal trust and the nature of the political movements that individuals choose to join. Utilizing the examples of the Arab Spring uprisings in Egypt, Libya and Syria, a novel theoretical model that links the literature on social capital and interpersonal trust to violent collective action is developed and extended. Beyond simply bringing together two lines of literature, this theoretical model can serve as a prism from which the decision to join terrorist organizations or violent movements may be analyzed.

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