'Recognition, emotions and care in the Goroka marketplace, Papua New Guinea'- with Olivia Barnett- Naghshineh, Goldsmiths, University of London.
Part of Anthropology spring term seminar series.
The gender of the gift in Papua New Guinea is a well-studied area in anthropology, but what happens when commodity exchange becomes a new norm and what are the forces driving this? I examine the impacts of food, a substance that forms sociality and is a valuable gift, becoming an item for sale in the Goroka main food market, Eastern Highlands Province. Through ethnography with Goroka’s market women, contemporary gender relations and practices of exchange in and around the marketplace are analysed in a context of rapid urbanisation and climate change. I argue for the importance of care and mutual recognition in how we understand gift exchange in this context and thus acknowledge the valorisation of women’s material and affective labour.
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