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Cross-Cultural Friendship and Legal Pluralities in the Early Pacific Salt-Pork Trade

Cross-Cultural Friendship and Legal Pluralities in the Early Pacific Salt-Pork Trade <p>Abstract:</p><p> This article contributes to scholarship on the legal relationships between people in imperial and colonial settings through an analysis of the juridical meanings that could be found in the Tahitian word taio and its European cognate, friendship, in the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries. I argue that taio provided a space for the negotiation of trade, sentiment, and authority across cultures; it was where European and Tahitian juridical traditions of friendship became entangled. Interrogating how missionaries, traders, and colonial administrators engaged with taio demonstrates the historiographical necessity of going beyond present-day European legal language to examine how non-European laws were taken up by imperial actors and shaped to create hybrid legal forms. </p> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of World History University of Hawai'I Press

Cross-Cultural Friendship and Legal Pluralities in the Early Pacific Salt-Pork Trade

Journal of World History , Volume 28 (2) – Nov 23, 2017

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University of Hawai'I Press
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Copyright © 2008 University of Hawai'i Press.
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1527-8050

Abstract

<p>Abstract:</p><p> This article contributes to scholarship on the legal relationships between people in imperial and colonial settings through an analysis of the juridical meanings that could be found in the Tahitian word taio and its European cognate, friendship, in the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries. I argue that taio provided a space for the negotiation of trade, sentiment, and authority across cultures; it was where European and Tahitian juridical traditions of friendship became entangled. Interrogating how missionaries, traders, and colonial administrators engaged with taio demonstrates the historiographical necessity of going beyond present-day European legal language to examine how non-European laws were taken up by imperial actors and shaped to create hybrid legal forms. </p>

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Journal of World HistoryUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Nov 23, 2017

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