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Black Skin, White Yacht: Race Opposition in Panapompom Tourist Encounters

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Panapompom people from an island community in southeastern Papua New Guinea have regular contact with tourists who visit the island in yachts. These visits are the occasion for political moves for the development of the community by the mobilization of a racial opposition between black local people and white yachters. In this article, I examine the implications of the use of oppositions of this type both for anthropological questions of "authenticity" and also local social relations and self-images. The result is a detachment of people from their "native places" and an account of how "authenticity" is deployed as a political discourse for the constitution of postcolonial Papua New Guinean subjects in local tourist encounters.


Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2008-07-01

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