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Patterson, Mary

Mary Patterson is a graduate of the University of Sydney, where she completed her doctorate in anthropology based on fieldwork in North Ambrym, Vanuatu. She has taught anthropology at Sydney University and since 1993 at the University of Melbourne. Her research interests are broad with a long-term interest in politics, sorcery and kinship/gender in global contexts and historical perspective. Her recent research, has been supported by the Australian Research Council. She has published on sorcery, kinship and the history of anthropological theory and the intersections of global and local interests in the Pacific. She has an ongoing program of anthropological research in Vanuatu and the Pacific in general. Her most recent research grant was awarded to support a longitudinal study of the changing patterns of kinship and family in Vanuatu. She is currently a Principal Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne.

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Managing Modernity in the Western Pacific

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Managing modernity in the Western Pacific takes a broad sweep through contemporary topics in Melanesian anthropology and ethnography. With nuanced and rigorous scholarship, it views contemporary debate on modernity in Melanesia within the context of the global economy and cultural capitalism.

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Managing modernity in the Western Pacific

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Fast money schemes in Papua New Guinea, collectivities in rural Solomon Islands, gambling in the Cook Islands, and the Vanuatu tax haven—all feature in the interface between Pacific and global economies. Since the 1970s, Melanesian countries and their peoples have been beguiled by the prospect of economic development that would enable them to participate in a world market economic system. Access to global markets would provide the means to improve their standard of living, allowing them to take their places as independent nations in a modern world. Managing Modernity in the Western Pacific, edited by Mary Patterson and Martha Macintyre, takes a broad sweep through contemporary topics in Melanesian anthropology and ethnography. With nuanced and rigorous scholarship, it views contemporary debate on modernity in Melanesia within the context of the global economy and cultural capitalism. In particular, contributors assess local ideas about wealth, success, speculation and development and their connections to participation in institutions and activities generated by them. This innovative and accessible collection offers a new intersection between Western Pacific anthropology and global studies.

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