- xii, 195 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
- Contents: 1."Such a Site for Play, This Edge": Tourism and Modernist Fantasy -- 2."We Are Here to Build Your Capacity": Development as a Vehicle for Accumulation and Dispossession -- 3.Discovering the Already Known: Tree Kangaroos, Explorer Imaginings, and Indigenous Articulations -- 4.Indigenous Theories of Accumulation, Dispossession, Possession, and Sovereignty -- Afterword: Birdsongs---In Memory of Neil Smith (1954--2012).Includes bibliographical references and index.Summary : When journalists, developers, surf tourists, and conservation NGOs cast Papua New Guineans as living in a prior nature and prior culture, they devalue their knowledge and practice, facilitating their dispossession. Paige West's searing study reveals how a range of actors produce and reinforce inequalities in today's globalised world. She shows how racist rhetorics of representation underlie all uneven patterns of development and seeks a more robust understanding of the ideological work that capital requires for constant regeneration.