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The Growth and Collapse of Pacific Island Societies: Archeological and Demographic Perspectives (review)

The Growth and Collapse of Pacific Island Societies: Archeological and Demographic Perspectives... book and media reviews The Growth and Collapse of Pacific Island Societies: Archeological and Demographic Perspectives, edited by Patrick V Kirch and Jean-Louis Rallu. Honolulu: University of Hawai`i Press, 2007. isbn 978-0-8248-3134-9, xvi + 390 pages, maps, notes, bibliography, index. us$35.00. Although not always at the fore, historical demography is among the most significant dimensions for understanding the evolution of human societies. In the Pacific, anthropological and other integrated research--ranging from island colonization to resource use, subsistence, human-induced environmental impacts (eg, deforestation and extinctions), social complexity, cultural elaboration (eg, monumentality), collapse, and contact-induced genocide--have drawn on demography, or at least implicit assumptions about evolutionary trends in population. This volume edited by Patrick V Kirch and Jean-Louis Rallu considers demography from historical and archaeological perspectives for an impressive array of Pacific Island cases. The collection is the result of an invited workshop on demographic evolution held on the idyllic shores of Paopao Bay on the island of Mo`orea, French Polynesia, in December 2003. The sixteen chapters offer readers an up-to-date review of mainstream anthropological demography and recent applications in the region. At the same time, the authors of these chapters--some more explicitly than others--acknowledge and sometimes illustrate the difficulties http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

The Growth and Collapse of Pacific Island Societies: Archeological and Demographic Perspectives (review)

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 21 (1) – Feb 11, 2008

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book and media reviews The Growth and Collapse of Pacific Island Societies: Archeological and Demographic Perspectives, edited by Patrick V Kirch and Jean-Louis Rallu. Honolulu: University of Hawai`i Press, 2007. isbn 978-0-8248-3134-9, xvi + 390 pages, maps, notes, bibliography, index. us$35.00. Although not always at the fore, historical demography is among the most significant dimensions for understanding the evolution of human societies. In the Pacific, anthropological and other integrated research--ranging from island colonization to resource use, subsistence, human-induced environmental impacts (eg, deforestation and extinctions), social complexity, cultural elaboration (eg, monumentality), collapse, and contact-induced genocide--have drawn on demography, or at least implicit assumptions about evolutionary trends in population. This volume edited by Patrick V Kirch and Jean-Louis Rallu considers demography from historical and archaeological perspectives for an impressive array of Pacific Island cases. The collection is the result of an invited workshop on demographic evolution held on the idyllic shores of Paopao Bay on the island of Mo`orea, French Polynesia, in December 2003. The sixteen chapters offer readers an up-to-date review of mainstream anthropological demography and recent applications in the region. At the same time, the authors of these chapters--some more explicitly than others--acknowledge and sometimes illustrate the difficulties

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The Contemporary PacificUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Feb 11, 2008

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