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By Robert J. Foster

"Foster exhibits us how probably banal actions like creating a cell name, chewing betel nut, looking at a Coke advertisement can provide very important insights into the ways that the state is built, materialized or contested."—Orvar Löfgren, writer of On vacation: A heritage of Vacationing

Why, within the present period of globalization, does nationality stay a huge size of private and collective identities? In Materializing the kingdom, Robert J. Foster argues that the contested technique of state making in Papua New Guinea unfolds not just via geared up politics but additionally via mundane engagements with commodities and mass media. He bargains a considerate critique of modern ways to nationalism and intake and an ethnographic point of view on constructs of the country present in authentic coverage records, letters to the editor, college textbooks, music lyrics, ads, and different fabrics. This quantity will attract readers attracted to the hyperlinks between nationalism, intake, and media, in Melanesia and elsewhere.

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