Naomi M. McPherson

Associate Professor Emerita

Anthropology
Email: naomi.mcpherson@ubc.ca


Research Summary

Since 1981 in West New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea, emphasis on traditional cultures as they transform to modern social, economic and religious ideologies and institutions; gender studies; lives of girls and women; ethno-obstetrics and cosmopolitan medical systems in rural environs; changing belief systems; analysis of myth and its relation to social structure; symbolic analysis; kinship studies; the firstborn/primogeniture; ritual and mortuary ceremony; colonialism

Courses & Teaching

ANTH 100: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 313: Anthropology of Gender
ANTH 333: Anthropology of Myth
ANTH 351: Ethnography of Melanesia (PNG)
ANTH 414: Kinship and Social Organization
ANTH 419: Anthropology of Religion
ANTH 430: The Anthropology of Mortuary Ritual

Degrees

BA (Simon Fraser)
MA (McMaster University)
Ph.D. (McMaster University)

Research Interests & Projects

West New Britain, Papua New Guinea; Melanesia; Ethno-obstetrics and gender relations; Lives of girls and women; Myth and belief systems; Colonialism in PNG; Kinship and social organization

Selected Publications & Presentations

Missing the Mark? Women and the Millennium Development goals in Africa and Oceania. Naomi M. McPherson, editor. Demeter Press (2016).

Black and Blue: Shades of violence in West New Britain, PNG. In Engendering Violence in Papua New Guinea. Margaret Jolly, Christine Stewart and Carolyn Brewer, eds. Australian National University Press (2012)

Sik AIDS: Deconstructing the Awareness Campaign in Rural West New Britain, PNG. In HIV/AIDS in Oceania.  Editors: Richard Eves, Australian National University, Canberra and Leslie Butt, University of Victoria, BC.  University of Hawai’i Press. March 2008. pp.35

Myth, Primogeniture and Long Distance Trade-Friends in Northwest New Britain, Papua New Guinea. Oceania 77(2):129-157. (2007)

Tracing Tradition: Twenty-five Years of Vernacular Architecture in Bariai, West New Britain, Paupua New Ginea. Pacific Arts, New Series Vol 6: 31-40. (2007)

Women, Childbirth and Change in West New Britain, Papua New Guinea. In Reproduction, Childbearing and Motherhood: A Cross-Cultural Perspective. Pranee Liamputang, ed. New York, NY: Nova Science publishing. pp. 127-141 (2007)

In Colonial New Guinea: Anthropological Perspectives. Naomi M. McPherson (ed.) ASAO Monograph Series Nbr. 19 Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press. (2001)

 

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