The genesis and the escalation of desire and antipathy in the Lihir Islands, Papua New Guinea

Bainton, Nicholas A. (2008) The genesis and the escalation of desire and antipathy in the Lihir Islands, Papua New Guinea. The Journal of Pacific History, 43 3: 289-312.

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Author Bainton, Nicholas A.
Title The genesis and the escalation of desire and antipathy in the Lihir Islands, Papua New Guinea
Journal name The Journal of Pacific History   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1469-9605
0022-3344
Publication date 2008-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/00223340802499609
Volume 43
Issue 3
Start page 289
End page 312
Total pages 24
Place of publication Colchester, U.K.
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Collection year 2009
Language eng
Subject C1
210313 Pacific History (excl. New Zealand and Maori)
959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified
Abstract When large-scale resource extraction began on the main island of the Lihir Group in 1995, Lihirians anticipated that their long-held dreams of economic advancement and moral equivalence with Europeans would finally materialise. Lihirians have placed huge expectations upon this mining project, few of which have been realised. Many of their desires surfaced in earlier politico-religious movements during the colonial period. The beliefs and expectations for radical change which emerged in response to colonial inequality have decidedly shaped how many Lihirians interpret the presence of the mining operation and the nature of their relationship with the government and the mining company. In order to comprehend contemporary Lihirian ambitions and engagement with outside bodies, it is necessary to consider the genesis and continuity of earlier politico-religious movements. This paper provides a short history of the conditions and significant events during the latter part of the Australian administration (1945-75), detailing the emergence and persistence of desire and antipathy.
Keyword Lihir Islands
Papua New Guinea
Mining
Community
Expectations
Colonialism
Society
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

 
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