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People and Things: Social Mediations in Oceania (review)

People and Things: Social Mediations in Oceania (review) 452 the contemporary pacific • fall 2004 The title of the National Biodiversity humans, who “use . . . objects as Report evocatively conveys its con- identifying or communicational signs” tent: Living Atolls Amidst the (3). Asserting that the social /symbolic Living Sea. functions of objects are actualized when objects play “mediating” roles, julianne walsh kroeker the editors propose that object-medi- Executive Director, ated exchanges “put what cannot be Small Island Networks, entirely expressed by body language Hawai‘i and speech alone into more tangible form” (4). But because this provoca- *** tive point is unelaborated, their con- People and Things: Social Mediations cepts of “mediation” and “objects” in Oceania, edited by Monique (and their opposites: “direct relations Jeudy-Ballini and Bernard Juillerat. between people,” including sexual Durham, nc: Carolina Academic intercourse, fighting, talking) remain Press, 2002. isbn 0-89089-616-x, unclear. xi + 363 pages, tables, figures, maps, Throughout the introduction a photographs, summaries, notes, bibli- sharp distinction between “tradi- ography, indexes. Cloth, us$60.00. tional” exchange (or “gift econo- mies”) and “commodity economies” This collection offers eleven chapters (or a “capitalist logic”) is asserted, together with chapter summaries, brief again without explication. However, contributor biographies, thoughtful while the editors’ implied notion of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

People and Things: Social Mediations in Oceania (review)

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

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University of Hawai'I Press
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Copyright © 2004 University of Hawai'i Press.
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Abstract

452 the contemporary pacific • fall 2004 The title of the National Biodiversity humans, who “use . . . objects as Report evocatively conveys its con- identifying or communicational signs” tent: Living Atolls Amidst the (3). Asserting that the social /symbolic Living Sea. functions of objects are actualized when objects play “mediating” roles, julianne walsh kroeker the editors propose that object-medi- Executive Director, ated exchanges “put what cannot be Small Island Networks, entirely expressed by body language Hawai‘i and speech alone into more tangible form” (4). But because this provoca- *** tive point is unelaborated, their con- People and Things: Social Mediations cepts of “mediation” and “objects” in Oceania, edited by Monique (and their opposites: “direct relations Jeudy-Ballini and Bernard Juillerat. between people,” including sexual Durham, nc: Carolina Academic intercourse, fighting, talking) remain Press, 2002. isbn 0-89089-616-x, unclear. xi + 363 pages, tables, figures, maps, Throughout the introduction a photographs, summaries, notes, bibli- sharp distinction between “tradi- ography, indexes. Cloth, us$60.00. tional” exchange (or “gift econo- mies”) and “commodity economies” This collection offers eleven chapters (or a “capitalist logic”) is asserted, together with chapter summaries, brief again without explication. However, contributor biographies, thoughtful while the editors’ implied notion of

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Published: Aug 31, 2004

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