Managing modernity in the Western Pacific / edited by Mary Patterson & Martha Macintyre ; cover design, Kate Barry.

Queensland : UQ ePress, 2014.
Pacific studies series.
Pacific Studies Series
1 online resource (335 p.)
Capitalism -- Pacific Area.
Globalization -- Pacific Area.
Neoliberalism -- Pacific Area.
Electronic books.
Fast money schemes in Papua New Guinea, collectivities in rural Solomon Islands, gambling in the Cook Islands, and the Vanuatu tax haven-all feature in the interface between Pacific and global economies. Since the 1970's, Melanesian countries and their peoples have been beguiled by the prospect of economic development that would enable them to participate in a world market economic system. Access to global markets would provide the means to improve their standard of living, allowing them to take their places as independent nations in a modern world. Managing Modernity in the Western Pacific...
Cover; Title; Contents; Introduction; Managing the Pacific; Development and its dilemmas; Being personally modern?; Land matters; Rationally religious?; Conclusion; Notes; Chapter 1; Occultism in cultural modernity; The intellectualisation of magic and religion; Rational illusions of secular modernity; Pandaemonium: mythic modernity's and human religion; Millennial capitalism: occult economies and magical states; Conclusion: modernity as a demon-haunted universe; Notes; Chapter 2; The (not so) Pacific?; Economies of scale?; Desire in the post colony; Conclusion; Notes; Chapter 3
Working for the mine The double shift; Working women and community attitudes; Career women working in towns; Self-interest and modern selves; Bride price; Managing money; Notes; Chapter 4; Welcoming the church; Bringing down the company; Mismanaging modernity; Notes; Chapter 5; Living a biblical life; The true me; The politics of Christian subjectivity; Conclusion; Notes; Chapter 6; The fast money rush; Greed and gullibility? cargo or investment?; Productive investment?; Nationalism and consumption; A nation of shareholders; Balthasar and Rebecca: banks and the critique of the nation
Isaac: the righteous investor Christian citizens of a corrupt and immoral nation; Consumer citizens, corporate citizenship and national development; The moral critique of the possessive individual; Patrons, clients and neoliberalism; Conclusion; Notes; Chapter 7; Neoliberalism and the age of chance; Gambling, governance and the cook Islands economy; Home and housie; Women, work and gambling; Conclusion; Notes; Chapter 8; Islands of winmoni; New standards for reasonable accomplishment; PV in the Lihir islands; Lessons in self-mastery; Personal Viability anthem; Self-discipline
Investing (in)dividuals Conclusion; Notes; Chapter 9; Relocating trusts in a Pacific tax haven; The aesthetics of trust management and fictive kinship in the mobility of money; Background: tax havens and offshore capitalisms; Trusts, fiduciaries and the separation of persons and property; Privileged papers, Swiss bank accounts and Hawai'ian credit cards; Fiduciaries, bilateral flows and family relations; Methods for 'ethnographic elicitations'; Letting go; Conclusion; Notes; Notes on contributors; Acknowledgements; Index; Copyright
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Macintyre, Martha, 1945- editor.
Barry, Kate, cover designer.
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