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Across the Great Divide: Journeys in History and Anthropology (review)

Across the Great Divide: Journeys in History and Anthropology (review) book reviews 549 Divide is a retrospective presentation of Douglas’s career as a historian. Most of the chapters have appeared previously as essays in journals. Theo- retical reflections and developments provide the unifying framework for *** the book. Those who anticipate a Across the Great Divide: Journeys in coherent historical narrative—a type History and Anthropology, by Bron- of Islander-centered, anticolonial his- wen Douglas. Studies in History and tory of nineteenth and twentieth cen- Anthropology, 24. Amsterdam: Har- tury New Caledonia—will be disap- wood Academic Publishers, 1998. pointed. On the other hand, this book isbn 90-5702-306-7; xviii + 358 pages, will appeal to the theoretically inclined maps, illustrations, tables, notes, bib- among historians and anthropologists; liography, index. us$52; a$94. Douglas delves deep into the episte- mological problems of recuperating Specialists in Pacific studies should an authentically Kanak perspective on make room on their shelves for this nineteenth (and some twentieth) cen- book; I would place it in the same tury events. She strives to “denatural- section as holds Marshall Sahlins, ize conventional categorical bound- Gayannath Obeysekere, and Greg aries, anchor abstractions and mediate Dening. oppositions; to explore ways of know- Douglas hails from the Melbourne ing indigenous pasts and identifying http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

Across the Great Divide: Journeys in History and Anthropology (review)

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 12 (2) – Jul 1, 2001

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University of Hawai'I Press
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Copyright © 2000 University of Hawai'i Press.
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Abstract

book reviews 549 Divide is a retrospective presentation of Douglas’s career as a historian. Most of the chapters have appeared previously as essays in journals. Theo- retical reflections and developments provide the unifying framework for *** the book. Those who anticipate a Across the Great Divide: Journeys in coherent historical narrative—a type History and Anthropology, by Bron- of Islander-centered, anticolonial his- wen Douglas. Studies in History and tory of nineteenth and twentieth cen- Anthropology, 24. Amsterdam: Har- tury New Caledonia—will be disap- wood Academic Publishers, 1998. pointed. On the other hand, this book isbn 90-5702-306-7; xviii + 358 pages, will appeal to the theoretically inclined maps, illustrations, tables, notes, bib- among historians and anthropologists; liography, index. us$52; a$94. Douglas delves deep into the episte- mological problems of recuperating Specialists in Pacific studies should an authentically Kanak perspective on make room on their shelves for this nineteenth (and some twentieth) cen- book; I would place it in the same tury events. She strives to “denatural- section as holds Marshall Sahlins, ize conventional categorical bound- Gayannath Obeysekere, and Greg aries, anchor abstractions and mediate Dening. oppositions; to explore ways of know- Douglas hails from the Melbourne ing indigenous pasts and identifying

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The Contemporary PacificUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Jul 1, 2001

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