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Knauft   Bruce


Emory University (United States)
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My primary fieldwork in the Pacific has been as a rainforest ethnographer of the Gebusi people of Papua New Guinea's Western Province, where I have studied since the 1980s and most recently in 2017. In addition to my several books and many articles about Gebusi, I have published on various comparative and thematic aspects of Melanesian societies and their representation over time, including political economy and exchange;, social and cultural change; indigenous spiritual beliefs and practices -- including; ritual, shamanism, and sorcery; Christianity; violence; and gender. I have also published on various general issues in anthropological theory and on critical theories of modernity, and I have additionally conducted project work and engaged anthropology in East and West Africa, the Himalayas, Mongolia, and Myanmar. My book "The Gebusi: Lives Transformed in a Rainforest World" is now in its 4th edition. Gebusi field research on sociocultural change, conflict and conflict management, exchange, politics & governance, and gender was conducted in 2016 and 2017 (with co-researcher Dr. Anne-Sylvie Malbrancke). This is now being written up and considered in broader perspective. A fuller statement of my interests and work can be found at .

My academic affiliation is with Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA, where I am Samuel C. Dobbs Professor of Anthropology.
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Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania (ASAO)
European Society for Oceanists (ESfO)
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  • Field Research (1980 to 2017)
    Gebusi field research — NSF, NIH, Wenner-Gren, Fulbright-Hays, Guggenheim
    Gebusi ethnography, changes over time
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