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Models for Masculinity in Colonial and Postcolonial Papua New Guinea

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Title: Models for Masculinity in Colonial and Postcolonial Papua New Guinea
Authors: Fife, Wayne
Keywords: masculinity
social class
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LC Subject Headings: Oceania -- Periodicals.
Issue Date: 1995
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
Center for Pacific Islands Studies
Citation: Fife, W. 1995. Models for Masculinity in Colonial and Postcolonial Papua New Guinea. The Contemporary Pacific 7 (2): 277-302.
Abstract: This paper discusses the kinds of models that became available in the colonial
context for indigenous men to be men in what eventually became the country of
Papua New Guinea. One of the legacies of colonialism and the missionization of
masculinity is the development of a new hierarchy of masculine values. These
newer norms are in marked contrast to older forms of male effectiveness, and
they have helped to define social distinctions within contemporary Papua New
Guinea. At the same time, the reality of human behavior spills over the confines
of both older and newer cultural norms, and the results can be confusing for
individual males. However, individual confusion does not affect the overall
saliency of these historically engendered forms of masculinity, nor the importance
they may have for the justification of emerging social and economic
inequalities within the country.
ISSN: 1043-898X
Appears in Collections:TCP [The Contemporary Pacific], 1995 - Volume 7, Number 2

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