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La Saga du kava, du Vanuatu à la Nouvelle-Caledonie (review)

La Saga du kava, du Vanuatu à la Nouvelle-Caledonie (review) book and media reviews attend to different elements of social organization, and have different emphases, they arrive, by somewhat different routes, at remarkably similar conclusions about the processes of change in two Polynesian migrant enclaves. In this respect, these studies are valuable contributions both in their own right, and as contributions to the comparative study of the Pacific diaspora. Theoretical, disciplinary, and methodological preferences will undoubtedly lead readers to prefer one approach over another, but both of these works are important contributions to scholarship of the diaspora, and much is to be gained from reading them together and from seeing them as elements of a larger intellectual problem. New Caledonia. She begins with precolonial history, when kava consumption was strictly regulated, reserved for the men, and confined in nakamal (men's house). She traces that history up to the present, when in the city as well as in the villages everyone can drink kava. The author has conducted lengthy fieldwork--administering survey questionnaires, engaging in participant observation, collecting statistics, and consulting the available literature. Chanteraud first presents a review of the literature on mythology related to the appearance and domestication of kava in Vanuatu. The various myths associate the birth http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

La Saga du kava, du Vanuatu à la Nouvelle-Caledonie (review)

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 16 (2) – Aug 31, 2004

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book and media reviews attend to different elements of social organization, and have different emphases, they arrive, by somewhat different routes, at remarkably similar conclusions about the processes of change in two Polynesian migrant enclaves. In this respect, these studies are valuable contributions both in their own right, and as contributions to the comparative study of the Pacific diaspora. Theoretical, disciplinary, and methodological preferences will undoubtedly lead readers to prefer one approach over another, but both of these works are important contributions to scholarship of the diaspora, and much is to be gained from reading them together and from seeing them as elements of a larger intellectual problem. New Caledonia. She begins with precolonial history, when kava consumption was strictly regulated, reserved for the men, and confined in nakamal (men's house). She traces that history up to the present, when in the city as well as in the villages everyone can drink kava. The author has conducted lengthy fieldwork--administering survey questionnaires, engaging in participant observation, collecting statistics, and consulting the available literature. Chanteraud first presents a review of the literature on mythology related to the appearance and domestication of kava in Vanuatu. The various myths associate the birth

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Published: Aug 31, 2004

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