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Skin, Personhood and Redemption: The Double Self in West New Britain Cargo Cults

Andrew Lattas
Oceania
Vol. 63, No. 1, Alienating Mirrors: Christianity, Cargo Cults and Colonialism in Melanesia (Sep., 1992), pp. 27-54
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40331317
Page Count: 28
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Skin, Personhood and Redemption: The Double Self in West New Britain Cargo Cults
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Abstract

This paper is about the sorts of spaces and identities created by cargo cult narratives. It explores those placements of identity which emerge in the colonial context, out of the interface of self and Other, where each self can only be a self through determining its relationship to the space occupied by the Other. This is a concern with the topography of colonialism, with that multiplicity of regions and sites which black and white are made to occupy in narratives. Here gender, trickery and masalai sites are employed to create alternative terrains of power and identities to those offered by black male colonised bodies.

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