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By Lisette Josephides

In a sequence of epic self-narratives starting from conventional cultural embodiments to picaresque adventures, Christian epiphanies and a number of interactive techniques and methods for dwelling, Kewa Highlanders (PNG) try and form and keep watch over their selves and their relentlessly altering international. This energetic account transcends ethnographic particularity and provides a wide-reaching point of view at the nature of being human. Inverting the analytic good judgment of her prior paintings, which sought to discover what social buildings hid, Josephides focuses as a substitute at the cultural understandings that individuals make particular of their activities and speech. utilizing ways from philosophy and anthropology, she examines elicitation (how humans create their selves and their worlds within the act of creating specific) and mimesis (how anthropologists produce ethnographies), to reach at an unforeseen end: that wisdom of self and different alike derives from self-externalization instead of self-introspection.

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