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Yali's Question : Sugar, Culture and History - F. Errington

Yali's Question

Sugar, Culture and History

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"Yali's Question" is the story of a remarkable physical and social creation--Ramu Sugar Limited (RSL), a sugar plantation created in a remote part of Papua New Guinea. As an embodiment of imported industrial production, RSL's smoke-belching, steam-shrieking factory and vast fields of carefully tended sugar cane contrast sharply with the surrounding grassland. RSL not only dominates the landscape, but also shapes those culturally diverse thousands who left their homes to work there.
To understand the creation of such a startling place, Frederick Errington and Deborah Gewertz explore the perspectives of the diverse participants that had a hand in its creation. In examining these views, they also consider those of Yali, a local Papua New Guinean political leader. Significantly, Yali features not only in the story of RSL, but also in Jared Diamond's Pulitzer Prize winning world history "Guns, Germs, and Steel"--a history probed through its contrast with RSL's. The authors' disagreement with Diamond stems, not from the generality of his focus and the specificity of theirs, but from a difference in view about how history is made--and from an insistence that those with power be held accountable for affecting history.

List of Illustrations
Introduction: On Avoiding a History of the Self-Evident and the Self-Interested
What Do They (Should They) Want?
Factories in Fact and Fancy
The Peopling of a Place and the Placing of People
Clansman, Family Man, and Family-of-Man Man at RSL
The Life of Expatriates:Setting the Standards
Replacing Expatriates with Papua New Guineans
On Landowners, Outgrowers—and Just a Little Respect
On the Road, Mari Style
Hewers of Wood and Drawers of Water
Conclusion:On Listening
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780226217468
ISBN-10: 0226217469
Series: The Lewis Henry Morgan Lectures, 2002
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 360
Published: 15th November 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 2