«The time of money»: property and sovereignty as alternative narratives of land and value near the Ramu NiCo mining project (Madang, PNG)

Abstract : Two narrative themes are apparent around the relation to land in the Rai Coast hinterland of Madang Province, PNG at present. Senses of loss on the one hand, and of opportunity on the other, reveal deeper concerns over sovereignty over land and lifestyle. Under pressure from large-scale extractive industry, customary tenure is changing from the condition for constitutive and generative relations with land to a relation of property and control over land. This paper reports on narratives in which places figure as animate, creative participants in relationships between people, and those associated with the mine in which it is seen as the property of individuals, regulated by the state.
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James Leach. «The time of money»: property and sovereignty as alternative narratives of land and value near the Ramu NiCo mining project (Madang, PNG). Journal de la Société des Océanistes, Société des Océanistes, 2014, p. 53-62. ⟨hal-01089110⟩

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