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The Archaeology of Micronesia (review)

The Archaeology of Micronesia (review) book and media reviews 485 by an archaeologist who is relatively Worlds Apart excuses whites and junior (in years of work). Paul Rain- patronizes Islanders when it does not bird’s fieldwork dates to the early ignore them; it too easily approves of 1990s, with most of it in Chuuk. He western visions of progress; it laments received his PhD in 1995 from the current “loopholes” in Island law and University of Sydney and his theoreti- politics that deviate from western cal perspective is that of the British standards “in the name of tradition school of post-processual archaeology, and custom” (340), without exploring in contrast to the processual perspec- the customs. He seems to think tive of most (American-trained) Islanders cannot cope in the modern archaeologists specializing in world on their own. I disagree with Micronesia. most of Campbell’s conclusions and I was pleasantly surprised with remain suspicious of his motives, but most of Rainbird’s book. It references because of the book’s strengths I will extensive manuscript material on assign Worlds Apart in my classes and each island group that many people hope lectures and other readings pro- are not aware of. The book is also vide adequate compensation. What http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

The Archaeology of Micronesia (review)

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 17 (2) – Jul 29, 2005

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University of Hawai'I Press
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Copyright © 2005 University of Hawai'i Press.
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1527-9464

Abstract

book and media reviews 485 by an archaeologist who is relatively Worlds Apart excuses whites and junior (in years of work). Paul Rain- patronizes Islanders when it does not bird’s fieldwork dates to the early ignore them; it too easily approves of 1990s, with most of it in Chuuk. He western visions of progress; it laments received his PhD in 1995 from the current “loopholes” in Island law and University of Sydney and his theoreti- politics that deviate from western cal perspective is that of the British standards “in the name of tradition school of post-processual archaeology, and custom” (340), without exploring in contrast to the processual perspec- the customs. He seems to think tive of most (American-trained) Islanders cannot cope in the modern archaeologists specializing in world on their own. I disagree with Micronesia. most of Campbell’s conclusions and I was pleasantly surprised with remain suspicious of his motives, but most of Rainbird’s book. It references because of the book’s strengths I will extensive manuscript material on assign Worlds Apart in my classes and each island group that many people hope lectures and other readings pro- are not aware of. The book is also vide adequate compensation. What

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Published: Jul 29, 2005

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