Fasu solidarity: a case study of kin networks, land tenure, and oil extraction in Kutubu, Papua New Guinea

Gilberthorpe, Emma (2007) Fasu solidarity: a case study of kin networks, land tenure, and oil extraction in Kutubu, Papua New Guinea. American Anthropologist, 109 (1). pp. 101-112. ISSN 0002-7294

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Abstract

In the Fasu region of Papua New Guinea's fringe highlands, the oil extraction industry has imposed development values and the identification of corporate groups as beneficiary landowners. In response, Fasu males have tightened the boundaries of their agnatic descent groups to become exclusive patriunits. Cash royalties are incorporated into sociopolitical exchange, so the formation of exclusive kin groups allows males to expand social networks to other regions, whilst ensuring continuing wealth for future generations. Consequently, males are becoming isolated from pre–oil exchange networks, and females are becoming isolated within villages. In this article, I map the transition of Fasu kin networks from an ideology of descent to a dogma of descent and patrilineal solidarity, locating the transition in the symbolic codes that inform kin categories. I aim to highlight some consequences of “development” and to advance knowledge on the link between kinship and descent in a postcolonial, industry-dominated Papua New Guinea.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of International Development
Depositing User: Abigail Dalgleish
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2011 10:28
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2022 17:31
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/33785
DOI: 10.1525/aa.2007.109.1.101

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