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Colonizing Hawai'i: The Cultural Power of Law (review)

Colonizing Hawai'i: The Cultural Power of Law (review) 574 the contemporary pacific fall 2001 Churney’s article is a rather discon - she handled the Foucaldian themes of certing example of the way discourses discipline and gender in ways that I on race and tradition can be used to could never quite make clear in my defend the rights of élites (see espe- dissertation. I was even dismayed that cially the chapter by Lawson in Chiefs her work seemed so much more thor- Today). One may safely assume that ough in several places than mine. he voices opinions that have wider While I disagree with her approach in currency in the Pacific and therefore some important ways, I also recognize warrant serious consideration and what a worthy piece of scholarship it criticism. However, it remains curious is. that this little booklet, published by a Sally Merry brings the perspective serious institution like the Australian of the cultural anthropologist to this National University, combines such social history of law in Hawai‘i. Her different intellectual products within concerns are strongly related to recent one cover without any comment or theoretical trends that stem from the explanation. writings and theories of Michel Fou- cault and Antonio Gramsci, using ton otto their http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

Colonizing Hawai'i: The Cultural Power of Law (review)

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Publisher
University of Hawai'I Press
Copyright
Copyright © 2001 University of Hawai'i Press.
ISSN
1527-9464

Abstract

574 the contemporary pacific fall 2001 Churney’s article is a rather discon - she handled the Foucaldian themes of certing example of the way discourses discipline and gender in ways that I on race and tradition can be used to could never quite make clear in my defend the rights of élites (see espe- dissertation. I was even dismayed that cially the chapter by Lawson in Chiefs her work seemed so much more thor- Today). One may safely assume that ough in several places than mine. he voices opinions that have wider While I disagree with her approach in currency in the Pacific and therefore some important ways, I also recognize warrant serious consideration and what a worthy piece of scholarship it criticism. However, it remains curious is. that this little booklet, published by a Sally Merry brings the perspective serious institution like the Australian of the cultural anthropologist to this National University, combines such social history of law in Hawai‘i. Her different intellectual products within concerns are strongly related to recent one cover without any comment or theoretical trends that stem from the explanation. writings and theories of Michel Fou- cault and Antonio Gramsci, using ton otto their

Journal

The Contemporary PacificUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Jul 1, 2001

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