It is Christ or corruption in Papua New Guinea

Pickles, Anthony and Santos da Costa, Priscila (2021) It is Christ or corruption in Papua New Guinea. Oceania. ISSN 1834-4461 (In Press)

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Endemic corruption and fervent Christianity dominate Papua New Guinea (PNG) public discourse. We draw on ethnographic material—including the emplacement of a King James V Bible in Parliament—to contextualise corruption discourse and Christian measures against corruption within evolving Papua New Guinean ideas about witnessing. Both corruption discourse and Christianity invoke a specific kind of observer: a disembodied, reliable witness capable of discerning people’s intentions. Established ethnographic and linguistic data from PNG meanwhile document witnesses as imagined to be embodied, interested, lacking a privileged relationship to truth, and thus susceptible to coercion. Recasting the PNG corruption issue in terms of witnessing foregrounds a perceived cultural conflict between inclusion and duty; it also reveals how and why the Christian God was invoked—using debt and obligation rhetoric—to end corruption at the national scale.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: corruption,christianity,politics,papua new guinea,witnessing,social change,social sciences(all) ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3300
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of International Development
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2021 01:09
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2021 01:09

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