Oceania Cultures and Identities of Pacific Islanders

ISBN-10: 0890894442

ISBN-13: 9780890894446

Edition: 2002

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This book is written collaboratively by experts on different regions of Oceania. It presents a unique tool for instructors and general readers who wish to become more familiar with the peoples of the Pacific and for scholars looking for an analytical conspectus on this part of the world. Oceania combines surveys of prehistory and history with careful discussions of cultural patterns and problems arising out of contemporary political and economic change. Many of the issues discussed relate to concerns in other global regions, including North America and Australia. General discussions on specific islands or sub-regions are followed by wide-ranging studies that bring together classic themes and recent issues as viewed in current scholarship. Readers will find the book easy to understand, and instructors will find the layout of the materials easy to set into course syllabi. Each section of the book probes issues that are significant for the study of the peoples of Oceania. These issues range from the contemporary interpretation and manifestation of traditional concepts such as ''aloha'' ("pity,'' ''love,'' ''affection,'' ''sympathy,'' or ''empathy'') to the development of ethnicity and political conflict between local and national levels within the state, to the long-term influence of forms of Christianity and their intertwining with indigenous religion and ritual. Throughout the book authors Strathern, Stewart, Carucci, Poyer, Feinberg, and Macpherson emphasize the vitality and adaptability of Pacific Islanders in the context of rapid and continuing transformations in their life worlds.
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Book details

List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Carolina Academic Press
Publication date: 1/1/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

Introduction
Oceania: An Introduction to the Cultures and Identities of Pacific Islanders
Acknowledgments
References
The South-West Pacific
Fiji
New Caledonia
Vanuatu
The Solomon Islands
New Guinea
An Overview of Political Problems: The Legacies of Colonial and Post-Colonial Practices in the South-West Pacific
The "Eastern Pacific"
Prehistory
Polynesian Seafaring
Subsistence and Expressive Arts
Central Themes in Polynesian Culture
European Contact
Contemporary Issues
The West Central Pacific
Ecology and Society
Prehistory
Linguistics
Identity - Carolines and Marianas
The Winds of Change: "Freedo-Pendence" and the Global Marketplace
Religious Change through History and Revitalization
Reification of Culture and the Politics of Tradition
About the Authors
Index
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