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Identity and Development: Tongan Culture, Agriculture, and the Perenniality of the Gift (review)

Identity and Development: Tongan Culture, Agriculture, and the Perenniality of the Gift (review) book and media reviews 499 the Gebusi. Here, though, it is under- Identity and Development: Tongan developed. It certainly seems inade- Culture, Agriculture, and the Perenni- quate as a core idea for this book. ality of the Gift, by Paul van der There are other problems. Grijp. Leiden: kitlv Press, 2004. Although it is valuable to deal with isbn 90-6718-215-x; x + 225 pages, unique cases of change in a detailed tables, figures, maps, notes, bibliog- way, the lack of generalization and raphy, index. €35.00. comparison make the book less inter- esting for those with more general Paul van der Grijp’s Identity and interests in social change in the Development is an important contri- Pacific. Even the unique case is bution to the growing literature on marred by focusing exclusively on a the incorporation of world-system small part of a small population— institutions into Tongan culture and about 121 at the focal community economy. It is a significant mono- of Gasumi Corners out of a total of graph-length treatment of cash crop about 615 Gebusi. The other approxi- production and its results over the mately 494 people live further from last ten years (for squash pumpkin) Nomad and apparently http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

Identity and Development: Tongan Culture, Agriculture, and the Perenniality of the Gift (review)

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 17 (2) – Jul 29, 2005

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University of Hawai'I Press
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book and media reviews 499 the Gebusi. Here, though, it is under- Identity and Development: Tongan developed. It certainly seems inade- Culture, Agriculture, and the Perenni- quate as a core idea for this book. ality of the Gift, by Paul van der There are other problems. Grijp. Leiden: kitlv Press, 2004. Although it is valuable to deal with isbn 90-6718-215-x; x + 225 pages, unique cases of change in a detailed tables, figures, maps, notes, bibliog- way, the lack of generalization and raphy, index. €35.00. comparison make the book less inter- esting for those with more general Paul van der Grijp’s Identity and interests in social change in the Development is an important contri- Pacific. Even the unique case is bution to the growing literature on marred by focusing exclusively on a the incorporation of world-system small part of a small population— institutions into Tongan culture and about 121 at the focal community economy. It is a significant mono- of Gasumi Corners out of a total of graph-length treatment of cash crop about 615 Gebusi. The other approxi- production and its results over the mately 494 people live further from last ten years (for squash pumpkin) Nomad and apparently

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Published: Jul 29, 2005

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