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  1. The unseen city : anthropological perspectives on Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

    Goddard, Michael (Michael Bruce)
    Canberra, A.C.T. : Pandanus Books : Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University : Distributed by UNIREPS, University of New South Wales, Sydney, 2005.

    Based on the fieldwork of an anthropologist among people in Port Moresby's much-maligned migrant 'settlements'. It addresses the contemporary situation of these urban peoples, displacing popular generalizations with more detailed accounts which do justice to their resilience, and creative responses to the challenges of living in a burgeoning Melanesian city.

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  2. Substantial justice : an anthropology of village courts in Papua New Guinea

    Goddard, Michael (Michael Bruce)
    New York : Berghahn Books, 2009.

    Papua New Guinea's village court system was introduced in 1974, partly in an effort to overcome the legal, geographical, and social distance between village societies and the country's formal courts. There are now more than 1100 village courts all over PNG, hearing thousands of cases each week. This anthropological study is grounded in ethnographic research on three different village courts and the communities they serve. It also explores the colonial historical background to the establishment of the village court system, and the local and global processes influencing the efforts of village courts to deal with everyday disputes among grassroots Melanesians.

  3. Out of place : madness in the highlands of Papua New Guinea

    Goddard, Michael (Michael Bruce)
    New York : Berghahn Books, 2011.

    The Kakoli of the Western Highlands of Papua New Guinea (PNG), the focus of this study, did not traditionally have a concept of mental illness. They classified madness according to social behavior, not mental pathology. Moreover, their conception of the person did not recognize the same physical and mental categories which inform Western medical science, and psychiatry in particular was not officially introduced to PNG until the late 1950s. Its practitioners claimed that it could adequately accommodate the cultural variation among Melanesian societies. This book compares the intent and practice of transcultural psychiatry with Kakoli interpretations of, and responses to, madness, showing the reasons for their occasional recourse to psychiatric services. Episodes involving madness, as defined by the Kakoli themselves, are described in order to offer a context for the historical lifeworld and praxis of the community and raise fundamental questions about whether a culturally sensitive psychiatry is possible in the Melanesian context.


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