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Making Sense of Micronesia: The Logic of Pacific Island Culture by Francis X Hezel, sj (review)

Making Sense of Micronesia: The Logic of Pacific Island Culture by Francis X Hezel, sj (review) book and media reviews as Anulap, Luuk, and Olofat and ancestral or patron goddesses such as Inemes of the Chuuk Lagoon area, known as Inahs on Pohnpei, were very much a part of this movement and its history. the social context of Micronesia, the book's twelve main chapters each delve into and seek to illuminate one key aspect of general Micronesian culture that may seem at first glance to be mystifying to foreigners. After opening each chapter with a revealing vignette, Hezel examines each theme from his emergent understanding of the ways in which Micronesians think about each topic while also suggesting how the underlying traditions have been changing even as they endure. Although the chapters build on each other, they can also be read as stand-alone sections focusing on and highlighting particular themes. For instance, in the first two chapters Hezel writes of the persistence of a personalized face to every aspect of Island life, and he connects this to the primacy of a collective identity and the importance of cooperation and solidarity. These three "peaks in the cultural landscape" (166) are carefully interwoven in the remaining chapters, which speak to the following issues: generosity and the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

Making Sense of Micronesia: The Logic of Pacific Island Culture by Francis X Hezel, sj (review)

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 26 (2) – Sep 17, 2014

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book and media reviews as Anulap, Luuk, and Olofat and ancestral or patron goddesses such as Inemes of the Chuuk Lagoon area, known as Inahs on Pohnpei, were very much a part of this movement and its history. the social context of Micronesia, the book's twelve main chapters each delve into and seek to illuminate one key aspect of general Micronesian culture that may seem at first glance to be mystifying to foreigners. After opening each chapter with a revealing vignette, Hezel examines each theme from his emergent understanding of the ways in which Micronesians think about each topic while also suggesting how the underlying traditions have been changing even as they endure. Although the chapters build on each other, they can also be read as stand-alone sections focusing on and highlighting particular themes. For instance, in the first two chapters Hezel writes of the persistence of a personalized face to every aspect of Island life, and he connects this to the primacy of a collective identity and the importance of cooperation and solidarity. These three "peaks in the cultural landscape" (166) are carefully interwoven in the remaining chapters, which speak to the following issues: generosity and the

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Published: Sep 17, 2014

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