Slides for my presentation at AAA in Vancouver on November 23

I am quickly getting ready for my upcoming trip to Vancouver for the 2019 meeting of the American Anthropological Association. I will be presenting a paper in a session I organized with my colleague Tom Strong entitled “Making the occult public.” We saw that people’s stories about magic were becoming increasingly visible and were now […]

Notes on the Sociology of Wantoks in Papua New Guinea

Anthropological Forum 25(1): 3-20

This paper was selected for the 2015 article prize of the Australian Anthropological Society. It is available as an Open Access article from Anthropological Forum. Abstract: In Melanesian pidgin languages, wantok means someone with a similar origin as oneself, and connotes a familiarity and mutual solidarity. Wantok has also become a watchword of politics and […]

Where else are there wantoks?

Throughout PNG people talk about wantoks, people who have a relationship based on affinity of origin or other shared trait. Urban places are marked by wantok groups and wantok networks. Also people invoke a ‘wantok system’ as a model for how institutions function (or don’t as the case may be). Do other places have wantoks […]