Review of of Joyce Appleby’s “Shores of Knowledge”

(Trying to keep track of my reading — so here is a quick review of my in-flight reading from #ASAO2018)

As with her previous books, Appleby’s history of European science seen from the angle of discovery and colonization is lucid and well-organized. It will be of interest to anyone who wants a broad and easy overview of the period from Columbus to Darwin, whether they are high school students or nonfiction buffs. The book works chronologically, walking through the biographies of the best-known thinkers from each period. Appleby expertly cherry-picks the literature to provide good summaries from well-respected sources. Although the focus is on European exploration, there are enough digressions into astronomy and chemistry to make this more than just an account geography and voyaging — although note that philology and religious studies are not covered. Overall, Appleby’s book went down easy and filled in several gaps in my knowledge. It made great in-flight reading. Those looking for an introduction to this topic, or something to string all the pieces together will enjoy this well-written volume, but people wanting to go deeper into the literature or already know something about it will be better served looking elsewhere.

January 2018 updates to timeline

I’ve updated the History of Anthropology timeline! Here are the changes:
– Added Nancy Munn and Terry Turner (as Terence Turner)
– Added some extra dates to Mead, Sapir, and Benedict in the mid-1920s.

– Added dates to Victor Turner from Larsen’s Slain God and other works.

– Added additional dates for Kathleen Gough and Laura Nader
– Added Talal Asad

– Added dates for Eric Wolf, Julian Steward, Michelle Rosaldo
– Added Sherry Ortner

– Added St. Clair Drake
– Added dates to Faye Harrison, George Marcus, Michael Fisher, and others
– Added dates to Rolph Trouillot
– Added dates to Gayle Rubin

– Added dates to Aihwa Ong
– Added dates to Paul Rabinow

– Added Anna Tsing

– Added Audrey Richards

As always, there are also minor corrections to dates and sourcing as well.

June 2017 updates to the history of anthropology timeline

A quick update on my history of anthropology time line: There is now an ‘official’ homepage for the timeline which explains how the tags, etc. are used in it. From now on, the ‘change log’ for new entries will just be my blog with the ‘timeline’ tag.

Changes as of today:

• For birthdays before 1911: added day of birth when missing, corrected colors for birthdate. Removed dupes.

• Changed display setting to ‘cascade unbroken groups from top’

• Random correction of people’s names (‘Malinowski’ for ‘Mal’ e.g.)

• Added date range of World Columbian Exposition

• For Ph.D.s awarded prior to 1957: corrected color, added citation

• Removed duplicate entity “Lévi-Strauss”. From now on I’ll just use Claude Lévi-Strauss

• Changed ‘Jo Comaroff’ to ‘John Comaroff’

• Other minor changes and corrections

• Removed dupes from publications

• corrected institutional event classified in publication arc

• Added dates for HRAF, CIMA, and a few more dates for George Murdock

• Added publications by Laura Nader

• Created Siegfried Nadel and added biographical dates

• Corrected color for Malinowski publications

• Corrected color for A.R. Radcliffe-Brown events and publications. Added 2 dates as well.

• Gregory Bateson added to timeline

• Added dates to Fei Xiaotong

• Added dates for W Lloyd Warner

• Added dates for Hal Conklin from Dove AA obit

• Added A.C. Haddon and Torres Straits

• Added C.G. Seligman

• Added W.H.R rivers

• Added Valerio Valeri

• Clarified dates and titles of Boas’s first positions at Columbia

• Added two earliest Ph.D.s Chamberlin and Dorsey

• Added Putnam’s chairship at Harvard (these are all from Voegelin 1950 Am Anth in Am Unis)

• Added founding date of Peabody

• Added early Uk dates and Oxford dates

• Added Michelle Rosaldo

• Added dates to Renato Rosaldo

• Added Carlos Castañeda

• Cleaned up and added dates for Victor Turner and Clifford Geertz

• Added Michael M.J. Fischer (as Michael Fischer)

• Added George Marcus and Late Editions dates

• Added LSE dates (including Westermark and Rockefeller)

• Removed duplicate person ‘Appadurai’

• Created color ‘tan’ for oceania

• Began using colors more strictly. Events nor color coded on location. In the past they were coded based on colonial posession – i.e. PNG events were yellow b/c it is/was commonwealth/British empire. Need to do more of this work.

• Added some French dates and Victor Turner publications. General cleanup.

• Added Jack Goody

• Added some ABA dates, including rought dates for Johnetta Cole, Faye Harrison, Irma McClaurin, etc.

Valerio Valeri: Tables of Contents

If you are like me, you are constantly forgetting which of the two edited volumes of Valerio Valeri’s work an essay is in. And you usually do it when you’re not in the same room as your copy of Fragments of Forests and Libraries. Basically, Fragments covers more of the Hualu end of things, while Rites has more Hawai‘i stuff in it. Here are the tables of contents for both volumes in case you forget:

Rites and Annals


by Marshall Sahlins
Editor’s introduction (with acknowledgments)
by Rupert Stasch
Chapter I: Kingship

Chapter II: The conquerer becomes king

Chapter III: The transformation of a transformation

Chapter IV: Constitutive history

Chapter V: Diarchy and history in Hawaii and Tonga

Chapter VI: Death in heaven

Chapter VII: Descendants of brother and sister in Oceania

Chapter VIII: Cosmogonic myths and order

Chapter IX: Rite

Chapter X: The power of gods, the laughter of men

Chapter XI: Ceremonial

Chapter XII: Mourning

I. Belief and worship

II. Feasting and festivity

III. The fetish
Fragments from Forests and Libraries

1. Feasting and Festivity
2. The Fetish
3. Belief and Worship
4. The Solomon Islands Discovered by the Europeans: From the Social Contract to Utilitarianism
5. Parts and Wholes: Social and Conceptual Dualism in the Central Moluccas
6. Notes on the meaning of Marriage Prestations among the Hualu of Seram
7. Buying Women But Not Selling Them: Gift and Commodity Exchange in Hualulu Alliance
8. Both Nature and Culture: Reflections on Menstrual and Partutritional Taboos in Hualu (Seram)
9. Those Who Have Seen Blood: The Memory of Sacrifice in Hualu Initiation
10. Wild Victims: Hunting as Sacrifice and Sacrifice as Hunting in Hualu
11. Autonomy and Heternomy in the Kahua Ritual: A Short Meditation on Hualu Society
12. Temporal Forms of Society: Chronological and Subjective Time, Mythical and HIstorical Time among the Hualua (Eastern Indonesia)
13. Prometheus In The Rainforest; Does Colecting Exist in Hualu
14. ‘Our Ancestors Spoke Little’: Knowledge and Social Forms in Hualu
15. On the Train to Chicago, via Paris: Confessions of an Idiosynratic Anthropologist
16. Fieldwork Yesterday and Today: The Future of Anthropologists

A Complete Bibliography of Bernard Narokobi

Here is as complete as I can manage a bibliography of Bernard Narokobi. I am updating it regularly. This version is from 5 Nov 2018. 

This is a dump from my research notes, so the formatting is still in rough shape and some entries may be incomplete. This will change over time as I update this. Please note that I have verified the metadata here by looking up each entry in the original paper edition. This way some of the errors of incorrect citations that exist online and are perpetuated one after the other can be avoided.

Narokobi sometimes published as Narakobi. I have not noted variations in surname spelling here but hopeful in the future I will.

Feel free to post or reuse as long as you acknowledge my authorship and let me know how Narokobi interests you!

Works by Bernard Narokobi

1973. When the Eagle Dies. Kovave 4 (2): 32-54.

1974a. The Nobility of Village Life. Catalyst: Social Pastoral Magazine for Melanesia 4 (4): 55-70.

1974b. Who Shall Take Up Peli’s Challenge? A Philosophical Contribution to the Understanding of Cargo Cults. Point,

1975a. Foundations for Nationhood. From Voyager, 34 pp According to 2010 reprint, this originally appeared under the name ‘Narakobi’. ed.

1975b. Towards a Melanesian Church. Gigibori 2 (1): 37-39.

1975c. We the People, We the Constitution. In Lo Bilong Ol Manmeri: Crime, Compensation and Village Courts. Ed. Jean Zorn and Peter Bayne. [Waigani]: University of Papua New Guinea.

1976a. Art and Nationalism. Gigibori 3 (1): 12-15.

1976b. Brideprice?. Paradise: In-Flight With Air Niugini, July.

1976c. Colonial Law: Book Review of E.P. Wolfers “Race Relations and Colonial Rule in Papua New Guinea”. Melanesian Law Journal 4 (1): 129-132.

1976d. Proposal for a Cultural Policy. From Voyager. IPNGS discussion paper #20 ed. Port Moresby: Institute of Papua New Guinea Studies.

1977a. Adoption of Western Law in Papua New Guinea. Melanesian Law Journal 5 (1): 52-69.

1977b. Western Law in the Pacific. In Customary Law in Papua New Guinea: A Case and Materials Sourcebook. Ed. David Weisbrodt. Port Moresby: [None listed]. First version of ‘adoption of Western law’ according to p. 21.

1977c. What Is Religious Experience for a Melanesian?. Point,

1978a. Brideprice? In Best of Paradise: A Selection of Stories From Air Niugini’s In-Flight Magazine. Ed. Gerald Dick. Port Moresby: Air Niugini, Advertising and Public Relations Dept. in association with R. Brown.

1978b. Law of Succession. GB OP 12 of LRCPNG ed.

1978c. Sorcery Among the East Sepiks. Law Reform Commission of Papua New Guinea Occasional Papers. Port Moresby: Papua New Guinea Government Printer.

1978d. The System of Selecting Judges of the National and Supreme Courts: A Proposal. Roger. Occasional paper of the LRCPNG 7 ed. Waigani: Law Reform Commission of Papua New Guinea.

1979. Tradition and Development. Point,

1980a. Art and Nationalism. In Voices of Independence: New Black Writing From Papua New Guinea. Ed. Ulli Beier. St. Lucia: University of Queensland Press.

1980b. Divine Presence in the Pacific. Reo Pasifika: Journal of Pacific Churches Research Centre 1 (1): 68-75.

1980c. How Independent are the Courts in Papua New Guinea? The somare/rooney affair. Pacific Perspective 9 (2): 12-23.

1980d. The Kingdom and Melanesian Human Struggles. Point, 47-69.

1980e. Towards a Melanesian Church. In Voices of Independence: New Black Writing From Papua New Guinea. Ed. Ulli Beier. St. Lucia: University of Queensland Press.

1980f. A Truly Noble Death. Catalyst 10 (3): 149-161.

1981a. Culture, Law, and Ideology. In Land, People, and Government: Public Lands Policy in the South Pacific, p. 1-8. Suva: Institute of Pacific Studies, University of the South Pacific.

1981b. Land in the Vanuatu Constitution. In Land, People, and Government: Public Lands Policy in the South Pacific, p. 149-156. Suva:  Institute of Pacific Studies, University of the South Pacific.

1982a. The Death of a Muruk. Bikmaus 3 (1): 72-80.

1982b. History and Movement in Law Reform in Papua New Guinea. In Law and Social Change in Papua New Guinea. Ed. David Weisbrot, Abdul Paliwala, and Akilagpa Sawyerr. Sydney: Butterworths. p. 13-24

1983a. Life And Leadership in Melanesia. Suva, Fiji; Port Moresby: Institute of Pacific Studies, University of the South Pacific ; University of Papua New Guinea.

1983b. The Melanesian Way. Ed. Henry Olela. Singapore: Institute of Papua New Guinea Studies.

1983C. Strangers are My People. Bikmaus 3 (3):61-77.

1985a. Law and Custom in Melanesia. Pacific Perspective 14 (1): 17-26.

1985b. A Truly Noble Death. In Living Theology in Melanesia: A Reader. Ed. John D’Arcy May. Point. Goroka: Melanesian Institute.

1985c. What is Religious Experience for a Melanesian? In Living Theology in Melanesia: A Reader. Ed. John D’Arcy May. Point. Goroka: Melanesian Institute.

1985d. Which Way Now, Melanesia? In From Rhetoric to Reality? Papua New Guinea’s Eight Point Plan and National Goals After a Decade: Papers From the Fifteenth Waigani Seminar. Ed. Peter King, Wendy Lee, and Vincent Warakai. Hong Kong: University of Papua New Guinea Press.

1986a. Legal Pluralism: Proceedings of the Canberra Law Workshop VII. Ed. Elizabeth Minchin and Peter Sack. Canberra: Law Department, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University.

1986b. The Old and the New. In Ethics and Development in Papua New Guinea. Ed. Gernot Fugmann. Point. Goroko: Melanesian Institute.

1987. Christianity and Melanesian Cosmos: The Broken Pearls and a Newborn Shell. In The Gospel Is Not Western: Black Theologies From the Southwest Pacific. Ed. G.W. Trompf, p. 32-37. Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books.

1988a. The Concept of Ownership in Melanesia. Voyager. Melanesian Institute occasional paper #6 ed. Gorokoka: Melanesian Institute.

1988b. Family Law in Melanesia (with special reference to the arapesh). Catalyst 18 (1): 17-35.

1988c. Policy on Law and Order. WorldCat ed. Port Moresby: Ministry of Justice.

1989. Lo Bilong Yumi Yet = Law and Custom in Melanesia. Ed. Paul Roche, John May, and R G Crocombe. Incorporating Point series, no. 12. Goroka, Papua New Guinea; [Suva, Fiji]: Melanesian Institute for Pastoral and Socio-Economic Service ; University of the South Pacific.

1996. Report on the Matter of Privilege Raised by the Member for Wewak, Hon. B. Narokobi Relating to the Conduct of the Officials of the World Bank Pertaining to the Amendment to the Forestry Act. Voyager. ed. Port Moresby: National Parliament.

2000. Papua New Guinea’s Self-Image: Through a Glass Darkly. In Uncertain Paradise: Building and Promoting a Better Papua New Guinea. Ed. Nancy Sullivan. Madang: Divine Word University Press.

2001a. The Concept of Ownership in Melanesia. In Land and Churches in Melanesia: Issues and Contexts. Ed. Michael Rynkiewich. Point. Gorokoa: Melanesian Institute.

2001b. A Wind is Blowing. In Land and Churches in Melanesia: Issues and Contexts. Ed. Michael Rynkiewich. Point 25. Goroka: Melanesian Institute.

2002a. Land in Papua New Guinea . In Culture and Progress: The Melanesian Philosophy of Land and Development in Papua New Guinea. Ed. Nancy Sullivan. Madang: Divine Word University Press.

2002b. Two Seasons: A Novel. Voyager ed. Madang: Divine Word University Press.

2004. Parliamentary Reform for Good Governance. In Governance Challenges for Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands. Ed. Nancy Sullivan. Madang: Divine Word University Press.

2005. Leadership in PNG. Ed. Nancy Sullivan. Madang: Divine Word University Press.

2006. Catholic Church in Papua New Guinea. In Alive in Christ: The Synod for Oceania and the Catholic Church in Papua New Guinea 1998-2005. Ed. Philip Gibbs. Point. Goroka: Melanesian Institute.

2010a. The Constitutional Planning Committee, Nationalism and Vision. In Twenty Years of the Papua New Guinea Constitution. Ed. Anthony Regan, Owen Jessup, and Eric Kwa, p. 25-32. Sydney: UPNG Press and Bookshop.

2010b. Foundations for Nationhood. Voyager “Based on scarce original published in Sydney, 1975 by the author under name Bernard Narakobi” ed. Papua New Guinea: University of Papua New Guinea Press and Bookshop.

2010c. Walking the Footpaths of the Constitutional Planning Committee’s Five National Goals and Directive Principles. In Living History and Evolving Democracy. Ed. Ian Maddocks and E.P. Wolfers, p. 24-31. Port Moresby: University of Papua New Guinea Press.

2013. Death of a Muruk: A Play. Voyager. ed. Port Moresby: University of Papua New Guinea.

Now I am fifteen

1 January 2017 marks 15 years of blogging for me. My first personal website was started in 1994 or 1995, which means I’m already past twenty years with an online web presence. This blog has had its ups and down — most of it has been erased or moved over the years as I’ve progressed from Grey Matter to Movable Type to WordPress to this current, hosted WordPress blog. To be honest, I’m fine with twenty-something waffle recipes no longer being google able. At this point, my online presence is spread out over social media, various profiles on websites, games, collaborative work spaces, IRC chat rooms, and much more. This blog in particular has stagnated as Savage Minds and other spaces have become more important. I’ll keep this blog going, and I’ll keep the blogging going, but this space is probably not where most if it will happen. Last year I had planned to use this as an index to my activities online — to drop a quick note here when I published elsewhere, or participated in something I didn’t want to forget about. That sort of happened. As for 2017… we’ll see what it holds. Maybe more, maybe less.

Mānoa Horizons launches

I’m happy to announce that the first issue of Mānoa Horizons is now available. Horizons is the peer-reviewed, open access journal for undergraduate research at the University of Hawai‘i. I’m proud to be on the editorial board of this great new journal, grateful to Christine Beaule for serving as founding editor, and hopeful that the journal will have a wonderful future ahead.

Errata for “Leviathans at the Gold Mine”

I’m very excited that my book Leviathans at the Gold Mine is now available and I’m proud of the book’s quality and content. However, no work is perfect. This blog post contains errata for the book. I’ll update it steadily over time.

Errata for Leviathans at the Gold Mine

p. xiv “Albin Bensa” should read “Alban Bensa.” I particularly regret this error given the generosity and warmth with which M. Bensa hosted me in Paris, and I thank him again — with his name spelled correctly! — here.

“Cause And Effect: Who Is Responsible for Porgera”, a new conference paper, is now online.

I was delighted to be a participant at the conference Mining Encounters: Extractive Industries In An Overheated World hosted by the formidable Robert Pipers and Thomas Hylland Eriksen in late April. You can find the full text of my paper for the conference, Cause and Effect: Who Is Responsible For Porgera at my page, amongst other places.

When I have  it in an academic repository I’ll throw up that link as well. Thanks for taking the time to take a look at it!