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After the Cult


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List of maps and figures Acknowledgements Chapter 1. Introduction Chapter 2. Valentine's Kivung Chapter 3. Present-day memories Chapter 4. Indigenous interpretation Chapter 5. Indigenous perceptions of other and self Chapter 6. Anthropological perceptions of other and self Chapter 7. Subjects and objects Appendices Glossary References Index

About the Author

Holger Jebens is a Research Fellow at the Frobenius Institute and has been Managing Editor of Paideuma since 1998. He was Theodor-Heuss Lecturer at the New School of Social Research and spent many years doing fieldwork in highland and seaboard Papua New Guinea. His publications include Cargo, Cult, and Culture Critique (Hawai'i University Press, 2004), and Pathways to Heaven (Berghahn Books, 2005).


"What emerges [from this study] is a many-layered reflection on the history of the Kivung that weaves together rich reflexive ethnography, oral history, and the history of anthropology. Among the book's virtues is Jebens' careful attention to the individuality of informants and the contexts in which they spoke." * Anthropos " - an intriguing intervention in anthropology's long-running engagement with the idea of the cargo cult in the South Pacific - Jebens has showcased a highly sophisticated approach to some complex material. After the Cultmust take an important place in contemporary debates around cargo cult." * JRAI "This detailed book uses ethnographic and archival work to create an ethnography that synthesizes - research on topics such as cargo cults, reflexivity in fieldwork, cultural objectification and colonialism. This makes After the Cultof interest not only to Melanesianists but also to a much broader anthropological audience - After the Cultdeserves to be widely read and cited - Jebens's intelligent theoretical contribution and superb ethnography deserves a wide audience." * American Anthropologist "While After the cult will be of interest to Melanesianists in particular, Jebens's interesting conclusions regarding memory and recollection, the mutual influence of the anthropologist and the people who are studied, as well as the production of anthropological knowledge in general, merit a much wider readership." * Anthropological Forum "Here, finally, is a book that realizes on a grand scale the long-held promise that the study of cargo cults can teach us as much about anthropology as about the Melanesians who participate in them - this is the book to bring the study of cargo cults into the twentieth-first century. It should join those classics in being widely read and broadly influential." * Joel Robbins, University of California, San Diego

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