Doctor Geir Henning Presterudstuen

Doctor Geir Henning Presterudstuen


Dr Geir Henning Presterudstuen is a socio-cultural anthropologist and has conducted long-term fieldwork in Fiji since 2009. His PhD thesis, awarded in 2012, was entitled 'Masculinity, manhood and tradition' and reflects his main research interests which include the intersections between social categories such as gender, ethnicity, class and sexuality in context of the modern market economy. Other research interests includes economic anthropology, anthropology of religion and the supernatural and social theory. His key publications include a recent monograph Performing Masculinity: Body, Self and Identity in Modern Fiji (2019 Bloomsbury), two edited volumes: Monster Anthropology in Australasia and Beyond (2014 Palgrave Macmillan, with Yasmine Musharbash) and Anthropologies of Value: Cultures of accumulation across the Global North and South (2016 Pluto Press, with L.F. Angosto Ferrandez) as well as a number of articles in international journals. 

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  • PhD University of Western Sydney

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Anthropological Society (2008)
  • Association for Social Anthropologists in Oceania (2011)
  • Australian Association for Pacific Studies (2013)
  • European Society for Oceanists (2011)


  • Anthropology
  • Economic Anthropology
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Monsters and the supernatural
  • Post-colonialism
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Social Theory


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Previous Teaching Areas

  • 102344 Different Ways of Being in the World: Introduction to Social Anthropology, 2018
  • 102346 Ethnographies of Southeast Asia and the Pacific, 2019
  • 102347 Anthropologies of the Everyday, 2019



  • Presterudstuen, G. (2019), 'Performing Masculinity: Body, Self and Identity in Modern Fiji', : Bloomsbury Academic 9781350043343.
  • Angosto-Ferrandez, L. and Presterudstuen, G. (2016), 'Anthropologies of Value', : Pluto Press 9780745336633.
  • Musharbash, Y. and Presterudstuen, G. (2014), 'Monster Anthropology in Australasia and Beyond', : Palgrave 9781137448606.

Chapters in Books

  • Presterudstuen, G. (2019), 'Understanding sexual and gender diversity in the Pacific Islands', Pacific Social Work: Navigating Practice, Policy and Research, Routledge 9781138501300.
  • Presterudstuen, G. (2018), 'Entering the living room : sex, space and power in a cross-cultural and non-heteronormative context', Queering the Interior, Bloomsbury Academic 9781474262200.
  • Presterudstuen, G. and Schieder, D. (2017), 'Bati as bodily labour : rethinking masculinity and violence in Fiji ', Emergent Masculinities in the Pacific, Routledge 9780415786942.
  • Presterudstuen, G. (2016), 'The value of the vanua : the nexus of people and land in Fiji's market economy', Anthropologies of Value: Cultures of Accumulation Across the Global North and South, Pluto Press 9780745336633.
  • Presterudstuen, G. (2014), 'Men trapped in women's clothing : homosexuality, cross-dressing, and masculinity in Fiji', Gender on the Edge: Transgender, Gay, and Other Pacific Islanders, University of Hawaii Press 9780824838829.
  • Presterudstuen, G. (2014), 'Ghosts and the everyday politics of race in Fiji', Monster Anthropology in Australasia and Beyond, Palgrave 9781137472793.
  • Presterudstuen, G. (2014), 'Masculinity in the marketplace : geographies of post-colonial gender work in modern Fiji', Masculinities and Place, Ashgate 9781472409799.
  • Presterudstuen, G. (2014), 'Ghost, spirits and Christian denominational politics : a case from Fiji', Monsters in Society: An Interdisciplinary Perspective, Inter-Disciplinary Press 9781848882973.

Journal Articles

  • Presterudstuen, G. (2016), 'Performing masculinity through Christian devotion : methodism, manhood and colonial mimicry in Fiji', Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, vol 18, no 1 , pp 107 - 126.
  • Presterudstuen, G. and Schieder, D. (2016), 'Bati as bodily labour : rethinking masculinity and violence in Fiji', The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, vol 17, no 3-4 , pp 213 - 230.
  • Schieder, D. and Presterudstuen, G. (2014), 'Sport migration and sociocultural transformation : the case of Fijian rugby union players in Japan', International Journal of the History of Sport, vol 31, no 11 , pp 1359 - 1373.
  • Presterudstuen, G. (2014), 'Horse race gambling and the economy of 'bad money' in contemporary Fiji', Oceania, vol 84, no 3 , pp 256 - 271.
  • Presterudstuen, G. (2010), 'The mimicry of men : rugby and masculinities in post-colonial Fiji', Global Studies Journal, vol 3, no 2 , pp 237 - 247.

Other Publications

  • 2014, 'Less to Lose and More to Gain?: Men and Boys Violence Prevention Research Project: Final Report', Report

Previous Projects

Title: Violence Prevention Program Review and Evaluation Study One: Men and Boys' Violence Prevention
  • Department of Family and Community Services
Western Researchers: Moira Carmody, Michael Salter and Geir Henning Presterudstuen
Years: 2013-06-13 - 2015-03-31
ID: P00021688


Doctor Presterudstuen is available to be a principal supervisor for doctoral projects

Previous Supervision

Thesis Title: Ethnic Mobilization of Minorities in Sri Lanka
Field of Research: Political Science; Anthropology; Other Society And Culture
Thesis Title: The Navigation of Post-Transition Identity and Disclosure by Gender Diverse Australian Adults
Field of Research: Psychology

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