Oceania: An Introduction to the Cultures and Identities of Pacific Islanders
Carolina Academic Press, Jan 1, 2002 - Social Science - 272 pages
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.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
by Pamela J Stewart and Andrew Strathern
by Andrew Strathern and Pamela Stewart
by Richard Feinberg and Cluny Macpherson
2 other sections not shown
American Anthropology Anuta archaeological archipelago aropa Asmat atolls Australia Austronesian became canoe Caroline Carucci Catholic central century Chamorros chiefs chiefship Christian church Chuuk coconut colonial communities complex cult cultural developed Duna eastern economic Enewetak European exchange Feinberg Fiji Fijian fish forms groups Guam Guam's Hawai'i Press Hawaiian Hezel high islands Highlands Honolulu identity important indigenous Irian Jaya Japanese kinship Kirch Kiribati Kosrae Kwajalein labor land languages Lapita leaders leadership linguistic live Maori Marianas Marshall Islands Marshallese Melanesia Micronesian missionaries Modekngei Mount Hagen Oceania Oceanic Pacific Islands Palau Palauan Papua New Guinea patterns pigs Pohnpei political Polynesian outliers population prehistory Rainbird region ritual Samoa settlement social societies Solomon Islands spirits Stewart and Strathern Strathern and Stewart Studies sweet potato taro Tikopia tion Tonga traditional Tu'i Tu'i Tonga University of Hawai'i University Press Vanuatu villages Watson-Gegeo Western women Zealand