Natural resource extraction and social reproduction in Papua New Guinea

Description

In my PhD project I intend to research how natural resource extraction in the form of large scale logging and road projects affects the relationship between the state of Papua New Guinea and its local communities and what does this tell about the dynamics of global market capitalism at its so called fringe areas. The central research question is how new forms of corporate organization, such as incorporated land groups, conservation associations and landowner companies – which have sprung up along development programs based on natural resource extraction – affect people's conceptions of their environment and themselves as actors in global capitalism and as citizens of the state of Papua New Guinea. In the project I will focus especially on changes in environmental practices and knowledge as well as changing forms of social reproduction among swidden cultivators living on eastern coast of New Britain island.

I intend to conduct 12 months of ethnographic fieldwork in New Britain starting from spring 2011.
StatusActive
Effective start/end date01/09/2009 → …

Keywords

  • 520 Other social sciences
  • Social and Cultural Anthropology
  • Environmental Anthropology