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Social Change in Melanesia: Development and History (review)

Social Change in Melanesia: Development and History (review) book re v iews 585 Social Change in Melanesia: Develop- steel tools) on local production and ment and History, by Paul Sillitoe. consumption, land tenure, big-man Cambridge: Cambridge University entrepreneurship, emerging economic Press, 2000. i s b n cloth, 0 –521– inequalities, mining, logging, wage- 77141–2; paper, 0–521–77806– 9; migration, and urbanization, cargo xx + 264 pages, maps, figures, bibli - cults, missionaries, state governance, ography, photographs, index. Cloth, and custom and identity. us$59.95; paper, us$22.95. Like a good survey course, the book introduces several approaches Here is all the modernity that was to Melanesian economic development, absent in Paul Sillitoe’s earlier mono- notably modernization and depen - graph, An Introduction to the Anthro- dency theory. Lacking an explicit the- pology of Melanesia: Culture and Tra- oretical agenda, however, the book is dition (1998). That one he dedicated more descriptive of development than “For friends in Melanesia, heirs to ol it is analytical. Only brief mention is pasin bilong tumbuna”; this compan- made of world systems theory, of ion volume is “For Melanesian friends today’s globalization chatter, or of coming to terms with a rapidly chang- the perils of free trade and the Inter- ing world.” Although “history” share http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

Social Change in Melanesia: Development and History (review)

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 13 (2) – Jul 1, 2001

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University of Hawai'I Press
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Copyright © 2001 University of Hawai'i Press.
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book re v iews 585 Social Change in Melanesia: Develop- steel tools) on local production and ment and History, by Paul Sillitoe. consumption, land tenure, big-man Cambridge: Cambridge University entrepreneurship, emerging economic Press, 2000. i s b n cloth, 0 –521– inequalities, mining, logging, wage- 77141–2; paper, 0–521–77806– 9; migration, and urbanization, cargo xx + 264 pages, maps, figures, bibli - cults, missionaries, state governance, ography, photographs, index. Cloth, and custom and identity. us$59.95; paper, us$22.95. Like a good survey course, the book introduces several approaches Here is all the modernity that was to Melanesian economic development, absent in Paul Sillitoe’s earlier mono- notably modernization and depen - graph, An Introduction to the Anthro- dency theory. Lacking an explicit the- pology of Melanesia: Culture and Tra- oretical agenda, however, the book is dition (1998). That one he dedicated more descriptive of development than “For friends in Melanesia, heirs to ol it is analytical. Only brief mention is pasin bilong tumbuna”; this compan- made of world systems theory, of ion volume is “For Melanesian friends today’s globalization chatter, or of coming to terms with a rapidly chang- the perils of free trade and the Inter- ing world.” Although “history” share

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