Religion and economy

The International Encyclopedia of Anthropology: Religion, Symbolism, and Belief Systems

Classical social theories of society, culture, and change are, in a certain light, a debate over how to interpret the intersection of religious beliefs and values with economic behavior. In considering this question, theorists have built various frameworks for the individual and collective dimensions of social behavior and for the nature of modernity. Contemporary social […]

Sorcery and stereotypes in Guardian reporting on Papua New Guinea

On January 4, the Guardian published an article by Australian journalist Helen Davidson on assaults in Togoba, Papua New Guinea against people accused of using sorcery to kill a man who died of malaria. She followed this up on January 10 with another report on an attack on the chief justice of PNG and his […]

Haus Man, Haus Krai: The Politics of Cosmology in Papua New Guinea

The campaign against sorcery in PNG continues For now nearly two years, groups in Papua New Guinea (PNG) and abroad have been campaigning to end the killing and torture of women accused of sorcery. Recently, grassroots organizations in provincial centres have taken up the cause in earnest, and brought renewed international attention to the matter. […]

Witches’ Wealth: Witchraft, Confession and Christian Personhood in Auhelawa, Papua New Guinea

Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 16: 726-742

The argument that contemporary examples of witchcraft belief demonstrate an alternative form of modern subjectivity has been doubted by many anthropologists, who claim that so-called modern witchcraft is often only a reflection of traditional cultural epistemologies. In Auhelawa (Milne Bay province, Papua New Guinea), new beliefs about witchcraft suggest that the epistemic basis for knowledge […]

One Mind: Enacting the Christian Congregation in Auhelawa, Papua New Guinea

The Australian Journal of Anthropology 24(1): 30-47

This article examines the relationship between Christian worship and the production of religious identity among Auhelawa speakers of Normanby Island, Papua New Guinea. Auhelawa people live in a society in which a locally developed form of Christianity has emerged from a long engagement with missionaries. In the colonial era, missionaries spoke in terms of light […]