Common Worlds and Single Lives: Constituting Knowledge in Pacific Societies

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November 1998



In Pacific societies, local knowledge is rapidly disappearing. With the extinction of languages, the ability to observe and interpret the world from varying perspectives is also being lost. This study offers insights into the complexity of Pacific peoples' responses to the process of globalization.


Contents: Verena Keck, Introduction -- Part One: Prologue -- Sir Raymond Firth, Reflections on Knowledge in an Oceanic Setting -- Part Two: Embodied Personhood -- Borut Telban, Body, Being and Identity in Ambonwari, Papua New Guinea -- Andree Grau, On the Acquisition of Knowledge: Teaching Kinship through the body among the Tiwi of Northern Australia -- Christina Toren, Cannibalism and Compassion: Transformations in Fijian Notions of the Person -- Part Three: Changing Life Histories -- Andrew Strathern, A Turn of the Rope: Two Life-Histories from Mount Hagen -- Lisette Josephides, Kewa Portraits: A Different Kind of Biography -- Part Four: Local Recasting of Christianity -- Anna Paini, HMI Samoa and HMI Oui-oui: Local Recasting of Christianity by Lifuans (Loyalty Islands) -- Monique Jeudy-Ballini, Appropriating the Other: A Case study from New Britain -- Part Five: Experiencing Outside Worlds -- Ronald Adams, Tannese Cultural Journeys -- Allen Abramson, The Articulation of Property and Non-Property Relations in Land in the Interior of 'Big Fiji': The Fate of the Particularising Relation -- Elfriede Hermann, Deeply Felt Knowledge: Integrating Thoughts and Emotions in Knowing the Past -- Brigit Obrist van Eeuwijk, Responses of Kwanga Women to Intrusion into the Female Realm -- Beatriz Moral, Chuukese Women's Status: Traditional and Modern Elements -- Part Six: Appropriating New Forms of Knowledge -- Pierre Lemonnier, Showing the Invisible. Violence and Politics among the Ankave-Anga (Gulf Province, Papua New Guinea) -- Milan Stanek & Florence Weiss, Big Man and Big Woman in the Village -- Elite in the Town -- Erik Venbrux, Why do the Tiwi want a New Township? A Case Study of Australian Aboriginal Brokers and the Politics of 'Development' -- Barbara Luem, Tinpis Running in Tuvalu: Reactions to Video as a New Medium: A Case Study -- Ingjerd Hoem, Staging a Political Challenge: The Story of Tokelau Te Ata -- Part Seven: Epilogue -- Marilyn Strathern, The New Modernities


Verena Keck Institute of Ethnology,University of Heidelberg


'I found this volume worthwhile and often thought-provoking.'Anthropos'[This book] as much to offer anyone interested in ethnography as a way of knowing the world. It provides a convenient outline of the discipline's struggle with basic concepts and issues, as well as a rich array of ethnographic instances that lead to engaged reflection.'The Contemporary Pacific'It is not often that Pacific academia is blessed by the arrival of intellectually insightful books that attempt to probe the inner 'being' of the Pacific world ... As a collection of anthropological pieces, this book presents one of the most insightful attempts at analysing Pacific epistemologies.'The Journal of Pacific Studies
EAN: 9781859731642
ISBN: 1859731643
Untertitel: 'Explorations in Anthropology'. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: November 1998
Seitenanzahl: 384 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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