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Communication, Culture and Society in Papua New Guinea: Yu tok wanem?
Evangelia Papoutsaki
ISBN/code: 9781877314943
Price: $35.00
Publication date: Friday, March 9, 2012
Publisher: Divine Word University Press, Madang, Papua New Guinea; and the Pacific Media Centre, Auckland, Aotearoa/New Zealand.

Communication, Culture and Society in Papua New Guinea: Yu tok wanem?

Co-editors: Dr Evangelia Papoutsaki
Brother Michael McManus
Patrick Matbob

Preface and a chapter by Pacific Media Centre director Dr David Robie

NZ orders to distributor: Little Island Press

Review in Pacific Journalism Review

Following in the steps of an earlier volume, Media, Information and Development in Papua New Guinea, by Papoutsaki and Rooney (2006), young, emerging and established researchers associated with the Communication Arts Department at Divine Word University have come together to write about issues involving mainstream media, social concerns, development and the information gap and teaching and training the young media and communication professionals.
The earlier volume aimed to address the lack of up-to-date information available on the PNG media and the lack of research into the media’s role in this developing Pacific nation.  It is in this spirit that we have continued encouraging and supporting original research resulting in this second volume which provides a broader but richer in issues focus aiming to capture the PNG culture and society from a communication perspective. We hope to provide a space for critical reflection on media and communication practices and how they deal with the fast developments taking place in the country that are both challenging and full of opportunities; all of which will sorely test theories and practices concerning the links between communication and development.
However, the most significant contribution of both volumes is the inclusion of young and emerging Papua New Guinean researchers who were encouraged to engage in original research and provide their insiders’ perspective.

Communication, Culture and Society in Papua New Guinea is a much needed publication that highlights the constructive role media can play in developing nations. It is especially noteworthy because it deals with issues in under investigated societies like Papua New Guinea and includes the perspectives of young, local researchers. AMIC is proud to endorse this book because it also furthers our mission of promoting media and communication expertise in the Region. It is a must-read book for all researchers, scholars and students of media and communication in the Asia-Pacific.

- Dr Sundeep R. Muppidi, secretary-general of the Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC), Singapore.

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About the author

PMC profile photograph

Evangelia Papoutsaki

PMC Research Associate

Dr Evangelia Papoutsaki is an associate professor in international communication at Unitec, Auckland.


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