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dc.contributor.advisorReed, Adam
dc.contributor.authorRosolowsky, Marlit Felizitas
dc.description.abstractThis thesis explores Melanesian concepts of roads based on multilocal ethnographic research on different kinds of roads in Buka Island, the northern island of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea. It explores how different modes of socialities, politics, and future imaginaries have to be negotiated in the context of infrastructural transformation and varying degrees of infrastructural fragility. Taking the idioms for roads like maroro in Haku dialect and rot in Tok Pisin as an analytical vantage point, my thesis analyses how people in Buka conceptualize, build, maintain, and move along different types of roads, including garden roads (beaten footpaths), coral roads, and sealed sections of a highway. It compares the different socialities, politics, and imaginaries these roads generate and the ways in which they intersect and mutually inform each other. Inspired by the anthropology of roads and infrastructure, I argue that Melanesian socialities and politics and their continuously changing articulations can be addressed particularly well by looking at infrastructural transformations, specifically of roads. In addition, this thesis contributes a Melanesian perspective to the anthroplogy of roads and infrastructure by experimenting with the question of what practices and imaginaries create roads and what makes them infrastructural in Buka. It demonstrates the importance of taking other concepts of roads and types of roads into account when seeking to understand the changes large-scale public infrastructure projects like highway construction bring about for people.en_US
dc.description.sponsorship"This PhD would not have been possible without the financial support from the ESRC Research Council, an ESRC Award for Overseas Fieldwork Award and Difficult Language Training. An institutional visit at the Centre de Sociologie de l’Innovation, Paris, was financially supported by ESRC funding for Overseas Institutional Visits."--Acknowledgementsen
dc.publisherUniversity of St Andrews
dc.subject.lcshRoads--Papua New Guinea--Buka Islanden
dc.subject.lcshBuka Island (Papua New Guinea)--Social conditionsen
dc.titleInfrastructure in Melanesia : imaginaries, experiences and practices of road making in Buka Islanden_US
dc.contributor.sponsorEconomic and Social Research Council (ESRC)en_US
dc.type.qualificationnamePhD Doctor of Philosophyen_US
dc.publisher.institutionThe University of St Andrewsen_US
dc.rights.embargoreasonThesis restricted in accordance with University regulations. Restricted until 10 February 2026en

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