book and media reviews On the other hand, the set of photos in this section is well captioned; those in the other two sections are not. These criticisms notwithstanding, if I were asked to teach a class on peoples of the Pacific in the upcoming academic term, I would certainly give this book a try, while remaining attentive to student feedback. Even if this were the only text used, an instructor has the option to complement the presentation with lectures and visual media. The acid test for any textbook is always what the students get out of it. I am sure the authors will be anxious to learn the answer from their colleagues. ing an astute and careful reader to mine, cut, and polish them. Birthing is a critical site for understanding the intersection of medical /social /cultural aspects of life (to the extent that these can be viewed as separate domains of inquiry, even heuristically). In her introduction to this volume, Jolly positions birthing as another intersection, as "a fundamental process of all human life, . . . a subject of academic research, and . . . a central concern of health policy deliberation and action" (1).
The Contemporary Pacific – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Aug 7, 2003