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Identity Through History Living Stories in a Solomon Islands Society

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ISBN-10: 0521533325

ISBN-13: 9780521533324

Edition: 2002

Authors: Geoffrey M. White, Meyer Fortes, Jack Goody, Edmund Leach, Stanley J. Tambiah

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For people who live in small communities transformed by powerful outside forces, narrative accounts of culture contact and change create images of collective identity through the idiom of shared history. How may we understand the processes that make such accounts compelling for those who tell them? Why do some narratives acquire a kind of mythic status as they are told and retold in a variety of contexts and genres? Identity Through History attempts to explain how identity formation developed among the people of Santa Isabel in the Solomon Islands who were victimized by raiding headhunters in the nineteenth century, and then embraced Christianity around the turn of the century. Making…    
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Book details

List price: $54.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 2/13/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 292
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Orientations
First encounters
Portraits of the past
Chiefs, persons and power
Transformations
Crisis and christianity
Conversions and consolidation
Narrations
Becoming Christian: playing with history
Missionary encounters: narrating the self
Revitalization
Collisions and convergence
The paramount chief: rites of renewal
Conclusion
Notes
References