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Oceania: An Introduction to the Cultures and Identities of Pacific Islanders (review)

Oceania: An Introduction to the Cultures and Identities of Pacific Islanders (review) book and media reviews 497 some Japanese) oral accounts and five times that of the other two com- translated historical records. The book bined. All sections attend to issues of clearly suggests that the nature of history and change, as well as basic Modekngei, in the past and present, ethnography, but each pair of authors has been extremely intricate and con- has been allowed a distinctive style of stantly evolving through time. presentation. Detailed “case studies” — ethnographic or thematic — appear kazumi nishihara in all sections. Tokyo, Japan “The South-West Pacific” here includes the islands of New Guinea, *** the Solomons, Vanuatu, New Caledo- Oceania: An Introduction to the nia, and Fiji. Presentation moves from Cultures and Identities of Pacific the southeast to northwest with the Islanders, by Andrew Strathern, most pages devoted to the largest pop- Pamela J Stewart, Laurence M ulations, in the Solomons and New Carucci, Lin Poyer, Richard Feinberg, Guinea. The case studies include the and Cluny Macpherson. Durham, specific (eg, “The Asmat of Irian Jaya: nc: Carolina Academic Press, 2002. Art and Its Changing Meanings,” isbn 0–89089–444–2; vii + 272 which cries out for an illustration or pages, figures, maps, notes, photo- two) http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

Oceania: An Introduction to the Cultures and Identities of Pacific Islanders (review)

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 15 (2) – Aug 7, 2003

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University of Hawai'I Press
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Copyright © 2003 University of Hawai'i Press.
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Abstract

book and media reviews 497 some Japanese) oral accounts and five times that of the other two com- translated historical records. The book bined. All sections attend to issues of clearly suggests that the nature of history and change, as well as basic Modekngei, in the past and present, ethnography, but each pair of authors has been extremely intricate and con- has been allowed a distinctive style of stantly evolving through time. presentation. Detailed “case studies” — ethnographic or thematic — appear kazumi nishihara in all sections. Tokyo, Japan “The South-West Pacific” here includes the islands of New Guinea, *** the Solomons, Vanuatu, New Caledo- Oceania: An Introduction to the nia, and Fiji. Presentation moves from Cultures and Identities of Pacific the southeast to northwest with the Islanders, by Andrew Strathern, most pages devoted to the largest pop- Pamela J Stewart, Laurence M ulations, in the Solomons and New Carucci, Lin Poyer, Richard Feinberg, Guinea. The case studies include the and Cluny Macpherson. Durham, specific (eg, “The Asmat of Irian Jaya: nc: Carolina Academic Press, 2002. Art and Its Changing Meanings,” isbn 0–89089–444–2; vii + 272 which cries out for an illustration or pages, figures, maps, notes, photo- two)

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The Contemporary PacificUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Aug 7, 2003

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