1 Section for Anthropology and Ethnography, Faculty of Humanities, Aarhus University, Aarhus University
Depreciation of Elites in New Guinea
Recently Tolai people og Papua New Guinea have adopted the term 'Big Shot' to decribe an emerging post-colonial political elite. The mergence of the term is a negative moral evaluation of new social possibilities that have arisen as a consequence of the Big Shots' privileged position within a global political economy. Grassroot Tolai pass judgement on the Big Shots through rhetorical contrast with idealized Big Men of the past, in a particular local version of a global trend for the emergence of new words to illustrate changing perceptions of locale elites. As such the 'Big Shot' acts as an example of a global proces in which key lexical categories that contest, trace and shape how global historical change is experienced and constituted through linguistic categories.
Ethnos, 2010, Vol 75, p. 1-22
eliter; social forandring; moral; sprog; Papua Ny Guinea; elites; social change; morality; language; Papua New Guinea