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