David M Lipset

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395 HHH Center

301 19th Avenue South

Educational Background & Specialties


  • masculinity, personhood and modernity
  • the state in the Pacific
  • symbolic, political-legal, and psychoanalytic anthropology
  • Bakhtinian dialogism
  • Papua New Guinea, Sepik River, the Pacific
  • romance, the body
  • nonWestern people in mass media
  • class cross-culturally
  • climate change and culture
  • social theory
  • material culture
  • communications technology, cross-culturally
  • Social media
Courses Taught
  • Anth 1005W - Cultural Diversity and the World System
  • Anth 3242 W "Hero, Savage or Equal?: Representations of Nonwestern Peoples in the Movies
  • Anth 3046w The Anthropology of Romance
  • Anth 3036 The Body in Society
  • Anth 1003w Understanding Cultures
  • David Lipset (2017). Yabar: The Alienations of Murik Men in a Papua New Guinea Modernity. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Lipset, David and Eric K. Silverman eds. (2016). Mortuary Dialogues: Death Rites and the Reproduction of Moral Community in Pacific Modernities. New York: Berghahn.
  • Lipset, David and Richard Handler, eds. (2014). Vehicles: Cars, Canoes and other Metaphors of Moral Imagination. New York: Berghahn.
  • Lipset, David and Paul Roscoe, eds. (2011). Echoes of the Tambaran: Masculinity, History and the Subject in the Work of Donald F. Tuzin. Canberra: ANU EPress. http://epress.anu.edu.au/tambaran_citatation.html
  • Lipset, David M (1997). Mangrove Man: Dialogics of Culture in the Sepik Estuary (Papua New Guinea). Cambridge University Press.
  • Lipset, David M (1980). Gregory Bateson: The Legacy of a Scientist. Prentice-Hall.
  • Lipset, David (2019). Disney's Moana and the Portrayal of Moral Personhood in Hollywood's Pacific (1932-2016). Journal de la Societe des Oceanistes.
  • Lipset, David (2018). De-colonized collecting: The Australian Museum in the Lower Sepik (1988). Le Journal de la Societe des Oceanistes 146:129-141.
  • Lipset, David (2017). Mobile telephones in peri-urban Papua New Guinea. Journal de la Societe des Oceanistes 144-145:195-208.
  • Lipset, David (2017). Masculinity and the culture of rising sea-levels in a mangrove lagoon in Papua New Guinea. Maritime Studies 16(2): 1-21.
  • Lipset, David (2016). Colonial and postcolonial museum collecting in Papua New Guinea. The Australian Journal of Anthropology 27:333-352
  • Lipset, David (2015). On the bridge: class and the chronotope of modern romance in an American love story. Anthropological Quarterly 88(1):163-186.
  • Lipset, David (2015). Hero, Savage, or Equal? Representations of the Moral Personhood of Pacific Islanders in Hollywood Movies. Pacific Studies 38 (1/2):103-139. Download
  • Lipset, David (2015). Colonial and postcolonial museum collecting in Papua New Guinea. The Australian Journal of Anthropology. Download
  • Lipset, David M (2014). Place in the Anthropocene: A Mangrove Lagoon in Papua New Guinea in the Time of Rising Sea-levels.. HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory, 4 (3), 215-243. Download
  • Lipset, David M (2013). The New State of Nature: Rising Sea-levels, Climate Justice and Community-based Adaptation in Papua New Guinea (2003-2011). Conservation and Society, 11, 144-157. LinkDownload
  • Lipset, David M (2011). Skirts-Money-Masks and Chains of Masculine Signification in Postcolonial Papua New Guinea. . Echoes of the Tambaran: Masculinity, History and the Subject in the Work of Donald F. Tuzin , 73-102. Link
  • Lipset, David M (2011). The Tides: Masculinity and Climate Change in Coastal Papua New Guinea. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 17, 20-43. Download
  • Lipset, David M (2009). Smoke as Mirror: Marijuana, the State and Representations of the Nation in Pacific Newspapers. Ethnology, 48, 119-138. Download
  • Lipset, David M (2009). A Melanesian Pygmalion: Masculine Creativity and Symbolic Castration in a Postcolonial Backwater. Ethos, 37, 50-77. Download
  • Lipset, David M (2007). Women Without Qualities: More Courtship Stories told by Papua New Guinea Youth. Ethnology, 46, 93-111. Download
  • Lipset, David M, Jamon Halvaksz (2006). Another Kind of Gold: An Introduction to Marijuana in Papua New Guinea. Oceania, 76, 209-219. Download
  • Lipset, David M (2006). Tobacco, Good and Bad: Prosaics of Marijuana in a Sepik Society. Oceania, 76, 245-257. Download
  • Lipset, David M (2005). Dead Canoes: The Fate of Agency in 20th century Murik Art. Social Analysis, 49, 109-140. Download
  • Lipset, David M, Eric K. Silverman (2005). The Moral and the Grotesque: Dialogics of the Body in Two Sepik River Societies (Eastern Iatmul and Murik). Journal of Ritual Studies, 19, 1-42. Download
  • Lipset, David M (2004). Modernity without Romance? Masculinity and Desire in Courtship Stories Told by Young Papua New Guinean Men. American Ethnologist, 31, 205-224. Download
  • Lipset, David M (2004). The Trial: A Parody of Law amid the Mockery of Men in Postcolonial Papua New Guinea. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Society, 10, 63-89. Download
  • Lipset, David M, Kathleen Barlow (1997). Dialogics of Material Culture: Male and Female in Murik Outrigger Canoes. American Ethnologist, 24, 4-36. Download
  • Lipset, David M, Jolene M. Stritecky (1994). The Problem of Mute Metaphor: Gender and Kinship in Seaboard Melanesia. Ethnology, 33, 1-20.
  • Lipset, David M, Michael Meeker, Kathleen Barlow (1986). Culture, Exchange and Gender: Lessons from the Murik. Cultural Anthropology, 1, 6-74. Download
  • McKnight Land Grant Professorship