Alex Golub

Alex Golub
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa | UH Manoa · Department of Anthropology

Ph.D. Anthropology

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Introduction
Alex Golub is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. A sociocultural anthropologist, his main focus of study is the Porgera gold mine in Enga Province, Papua New Guinea. His research interests include the history and culture of Papua New Guinea and the Pacific, the anthropology of mining and political anthropology, and the history of anthropology. He has a sideline in digital culture, including video games, blogging, and open access scholarship.
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August 2006 - present
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
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  • Professor (Associate)

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Publications (67)
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It is commonly argued that law and order problems in Enga Province, Papua New Guinea, are the result of the retreat of the Australian administration, which had successfully pacified the province. The chapter uses historical evidence to argue that the Australian administration never successfully brought the province under control. As a result, law a...
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This special issue on the life and legacy of Bernard Narokobi documents and contextualizes Narokobi's life and thought. A central figure in Papua New Guinea's transition from Australian territory to independent nation, Narokobi was a jurist, philosopher, and poet who is best remembered for making ‘the Melanesian Way’ an important theme – if not the...
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A common criticism of Bernard Narokobi is that his vision of the ‘Melanesian Way’ was vague and imprecise. This article argues against this claim by describing the activities Narokobi undertook as the head of the Law Reform Commission of Papua New Guinea (1975–8). Using the example of his suggested revision of adultery laws, this article shows that...
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How can we create a more inclusive Pacific anthropology? This article argues that contemporary anthropology’s disciplinary norms are based in the Cold War period. These norms are inappropriate given anthropology’s current situation. This article argues that interwar anthropology (the anthropology practiced between World War I and World War II) prov...
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This collection of articles seeks to demonstrate that the concept of order – the intensive and extensive coordination of human action across space and time – is useful for answering some of the most pressing theoretical and practical questions in contemporary Papua New Guinea (PNG) today. Building on existing work in this field [Benda-Beckmann, K.,...
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A book review of Ian Brown. The School of Oriental and African Studies: Imperial Training and the Expansion of Learning. 346 pp., 27 b/w illus., bibl., index. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016. The full text of my review is available here: http://histanthro.org/reviews/the-school-of-oriental-and-african-studies/
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Marshall Sahlins is a US cultural anthropologist and one of the most influential anthropologists of the second half of the twentieth century, in fields including economic anthropology, historical anthropology, and kinship studies. Sahlins is known as an expert on Pacific Island cultures, especially Hawai‘i and Fiji. Theoretically, he has championed...
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Full text at https://pacificaffairs.ubc.ca/book-reviews/becoming-landowners-entanglements-of-custom-and-modernity-in-papua-new-guinea-and-timor-leste-by-victoria-c-stead/
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Obituary of anthropologist Ben Finney. Not peer reviewed (obituaries in this journal aren't).
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From its founding, it became clear that Savage Minds filled an important niche, quickly drawing the attention of others in the academic blogosphere. In 2006 Nature ranked Savage Minds 17th out of the 50 top science blogs across all scientific disciplines. In 2010, American Anthropologist has called Savage Minds “the central online site of the North...
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This work is a book review considering the title Travels with Frances Densmore: Her Life, Work, and Legacy in Native American Studies edited by Joan M. Jensen and Michelle Wick Patterson.
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The American Anthropological Association (AAA) has recently announced that it will soon issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) to invite potential publishers to bid for the business of managing the association’s publishing program. The new contract would begin January 1, 2018 and likely run for the next ten years. Because the AAA is the world’s larges...
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his paper was given at a conference on mining in Norway on 27 April 2015. In it, I claim that we should turn to a certain Arendtian strand of political philosophy to conceive responsibility as an ongoing duty to make existing structural social processes more just, not (or not only) a judgment of guilt regarding a single action done in the past by a...
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A book review of the edited volume "Pacific Futures" edited by Will Rollason
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Ruth Underhill was an anthropologist who studied under Franz Boas and Ruth Benedict. She is best remembered for her widely taught Autobiography of a Papago Indian (Menasha, WI: American Anthropological Association, 1936), popular writings about Indian life, and for being a pioneering female anthropologist. Like many Boasians, Underhill had an uncon...
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Three recent ethnographies of the well-known massively multiplayer online game World of Warcraft demonstrate the health and vitality of the study of virtual worlds. In particular, they emphasize the importance of anthropologists reading ethnographic work done by researchers in other disciplines, and by connoisseurs and cultural practitioners of vid...
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This work is a review essay considering the renovated Pacific Hall at the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum.
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This article consists of three arguments. The first advocates the development of Open Access for anthropological books and journals and critiques the way we have ceded control of dissemination to inappropriate commercial concerns that come to stand for what should have been academic criteria. The second argues that this is best accomplished while b...
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For roughly two decades, the gold mine on the island of Lihir in Papua New Guinea has been one of the most important mines in the Pacific in terms of its size, environmental and social impact, and the cultural significance of the area in which it is located. Despite this fact, very little has been published about the mine until now. Nicholas Bainto...
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At first, these two relatively short books appear to have little in common: People’s Pornography is a work of cultural studies that documents the ephemeral world of sex scandals, pornographic blogging, and alternative lifestyles on the Chinese Internet. In contrast, Threat Talk is a relatively staid work of comparative politics written by a profess...
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This paper discusses two main claims made about virtual worlds: first, that people become “immersed” in virtual worlds because of their sensorial realism, and second, because virtual worlds appear to be “places” they can be studied without reference to the lives that their inhabitants live in the actual world. This paper argues against both of thes...
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Past literature tends towards dichotomous representations of computer hackers as either unhealthy young men engaged in bold tournaments of sinister hacking or visionaries whose utopian technological lifestyle has the potential to disrupt the pathologies of capitalism and modernity more generally. In contrast, this article examines the heterogeneous...
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In a conversation format, seven anthropologists with extensive expertise in new digital technologies, intellectual property, and journal publishing discuss issues related to open access, the anthropology of information circulation, and the future of scholarly societies. Among the topics discussed are current anthropological research on open source...
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The year 2006 was a stellar one for the anthropology of Papua New Guinea. Major publishers produced monographs that demonstrate the continuing ability of Melanesianists to produce important and original works. Conservation Is Our Government Now is a fine example of this trend; detailed and yet accessible, it is an excellent book that deserves to be...
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Non-refereed This article examines discourse about Internet addiction and video-game-related suicide in the People’s Republic of China. Through an analysis of media reportage, interview transcripts, and chat rooms, a preliminary account of the origins of contemporary Chinese concerns with Internet addiction is provided. This approach differs from b...
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Contemporary policy work in Papua New Guinea portrays the country either in terms of an inflexible tradition to be remedied by liberalization, or a weak state whose disintegrating social institutions must be strengthened by regional neighbors. As an analysis of land registration issues surrounding resource developments shows, rural Papua New Guinea...
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106th American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting Washington, DC November 28 - December 2, 2007 Non-refereed "Digital Subjectivities" panel, 1 December 2007
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The Contemporary Pacific 18.2 (2006) 449-451 This volume is a companion to Rumsey and Weiner's earlier collection of papers entitled Emplaced Myth: Space, Narrative, and Knowledge in Aboriginal Australia and Papua New Guinea (2001). Both volumes emerged out of a 1997 conference, but Mining and Indigenous Lifeworlds was originally published by Crawf...
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The idea of the “ecologically noble savage” once linked environmental activists and indigenous people. Today the concept is increasingly seen as problematic. In the Porgera district of Enga Province, Papua New Guinea, Ipili people confront massive social change brought about by the presence of a large gold mine. This paper explores how Ipili people...
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Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Chicago, 2006. Anthropology Fulbright-Hayes Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad
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Fashioning Anthropology: Papers in Honor of Gail Kelly Portland, Oregon April 15-16, 2005 Non-refereed
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106th American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting Washington, DC November 28 - December 2, 2007 Non-refereed For AAA session "Arenas, Audiences and Knowledge: Regimes of Credibility in Environmental Politics," 11/30/2007 While the hyper-exotic discourse of 'cargo cult' continues to draw attention in popular media representations of Melanesi...

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In addition to Papua New Guinea, I often write other pieces (often book reviews) about the Pacific more generally.
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This combines my work as a blogger and as an advocate for open access to information.
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An ethnography of raiders in the game World of Warcraft. The goal is to destigmatize the life of raiders and to demonstrate that raiding is a model for how to lead a meaningful life, even if this is not what an American culture of expressivity would expect.