Working the environment: History, loss and its legal implications among the Mengen of East New Britain

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In this article I will discuss the connection between the environment and history among the Mengen, a people living in the East New Britain province of Papua New Guinea, where I conducted three months of preparatory fieldwork in the summer of 2007. As will be seen, place in the environment of the Mengen is significant in questions of landownership and logging, which are central political questions. Also, space and the environment hold interest for the state and companies, not just in terms of economical benefit, but in questions like control and management, which are especially visible in road building. In fact, the management and the creation of a ”legible environment” is of central importance to the state. Hence, the contact between the locals, companies and the state is physically acted in and on the environment. But the environment is also the subject of the dialogue between these three actors, since all parties lay sometimes conflicting claims on the environment.
Original languageFinnish
JournalLähde : historiatieteellinen aikakauskirja
Volume5
Pages (from-to)69-87
Number of pages19
ISSN1795-035X
Publication statusPublished - 2008
MoE publication typeB1 Journal article

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