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Adolescence in Pacific Island Societies (review)

Adolescence in Pacific Island Societies (review) Adolescence in Pacific Island Societies, edited by Gilbert Herdt and Stephen C Leavitt. asao Monograph 16. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1998. isbn cloth, 0­8229­4068­x; paper, 0­8229­ 5672­1; xii + 239 pages, notes, bibliography, index. Cloth, us$50.00; paper, us$22.95. This volume was conceived nearly a decade prior to its publication, at a 1990 symposium of the Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania (asao), and was nearly aborted several times during its lengthy and difficult gestation. Its long-delayed debut, in a much altered and slimmer form than originally conceived, reveals in lescence in contexts of social change" (5). Essential to their approach is a "cultural life-course perspective" that acknowledges the role of biology, while giving primary attention to "local cultural constructions of development" (6). The life-course approach also aims at avoiding "constructions of adolescents as somehow `marginal' or even `deviant' figures," and it requires a view of adolescence within broader historical processes, including changes in demography, gender, and socioeconomic status, as well as historical circumstances of colonization and decolonization (7). Much of the introduction underscores the effects of demographic transformation on adolescent experience in Pacific islands; the impacts of culture change on local socialization practices, definitions of gender, and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

Adolescence in Pacific Island Societies (review)

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 13 (1) – Jan 1, 2001

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Adolescence in Pacific Island Societies, edited by Gilbert Herdt and Stephen C Leavitt. asao Monograph 16. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1998. isbn cloth, 0­8229­4068­x; paper, 0­8229­ 5672­1; xii + 239 pages, notes, bibliography, index. Cloth, us$50.00; paper, us$22.95. This volume was conceived nearly a decade prior to its publication, at a 1990 symposium of the Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania (asao), and was nearly aborted several times during its lengthy and difficult gestation. Its long-delayed debut, in a much altered and slimmer form than originally conceived, reveals in lescence in contexts of social change" (5). Essential to their approach is a "cultural life-course perspective" that acknowledges the role of biology, while giving primary attention to "local cultural constructions of development" (6). The life-course approach also aims at avoiding "constructions of adolescents as somehow `marginal' or even `deviant' figures," and it requires a view of adolescence within broader historical processes, including changes in demography, gender, and socioeconomic status, as well as historical circumstances of colonization and decolonization (7). Much of the introduction underscores the effects of demographic transformation on adolescent experience in Pacific islands; the impacts of culture change on local socialization practices, definitions of gender, and

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Published: Jan 1, 2001

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