Looking Backward and Forward

Terence E. Hays

in Ethnographic Presents

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 1992 | ISBN: 9780520077454
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520912342 | DOI:
Looking Backward and Forward

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The author has painted a picture of the historical circumstances leading up to and influencing the first incursion of professional ethnographers into the Papua New Guinea Highlands. The fieldworkers of the 1950s in the Highlands provided a rich array of concerns for those who entered the region subsequently, and the vitality of their interests is shown by the fact that many of these themes are still important today. This chapter shows the legacy of these early fieldworkers to those who immediately followed them, reviews something of the politics and social climate of those times, and relates the analytical concerns of the early fieldworkers to themes that are current today. It looks first at the legacy of ideas in the 1960s and through to the early 1970s.

Keywords: Terence Hays; ethnographers; Papua New Guinea; Highlands; legacy; fieldworkers; politics; social climate

Chapter.  9784 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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