Karen A. Malone

Document Type

Book Chapter


The children of Papua New Guinea (PNG) are constructing and reconstructing their own identities through the hybridization of local cultures in fixed locations while adapting to a changing global world. This chapter presents the stories of four children growing up in PNG and their struggles in constructing their sense of place in a changing local-global space. The discussion on their stories explores what it means to be 'located' in a physical space and tied to a fixed geographical locality, yet forming hybrid identities that are and fashioned constrained by global political, economic, environmental and social constructs. I argue in this chapter that the capacity of children to negotiate and participate in their environments is intricately tied to these temporal constructs and informs their experience of place at the beginning of the twenty-first century.