'It's raining money': anthropology, film and resource extraction in Papua New Guinea

Gilberthorpe, Emma (2006) 'It's raining money': anthropology, film and resource extraction in Papua New Guinea. Anthropology in Action, 13 (3). pp. 13-21. ISSN 1752-2285

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Abstract

This article looks at the impact of money ‘raining’ on the indigenous hosts of a non-renewable resource extraction project in Papua New Guinea and the use of film media to record and disseminate the views of those caught up in it. ‘Resource development’, the gloss under which industries operate, is an ambiguous term as the cash (royalties) and services (roads, health centres, schools) accompanying resource extraction are only maintained during the life of a project. The anthropological use of film in extractive industry contexts is, I argue, an ideal methodological tool for documenting indigenous concerns, views and ambitions for a postindustry environment. Based on an ethnographic film made with the Fasu, hosts to a multinational oil extraction project in the fringe highlands, this article aims to highlight how film documentation can not only reveal the broader implications of a cash economy, but also be used by anthropologists to influence participatory research and bottom-up development.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of International Development
Depositing User: Abigail Dalgleish
Date Deposited: 20 May 2011 14:02
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2022 16:31
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/31196
DOI: 10.3167/aia.2006.130303

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