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The People of the Sea: Environment, Identity, and History in Oceania (review)

The People of the Sea: Environment, Identity, and History in Oceania (review) 638 the contemporary pacifi c 19:2 (2007) well as musical cds, and a Rotuma The People of the Sea: Environment, Web site arranged by the anthropolo- Identity, and History in Oceania, by gists themselves, on which they have Paul D’Arcy. Honolulu: University posted, among many other sources, of Hawai‘i Press, 2006. isbn 978- electronic copies of all their publica- 0-8248-2959-9; xvii + 294 pages, tions. fi gures, maps, notes, bibliography, In an epilogue, Jocelyn Linnekin index. us$36.00. situates the collection in the broader social science literature on cultural Paul D’Arcy, who teaches Pacifi c identity, especially social-constructiv- and environmental history as well as ist approaches, and summarizes the colonial race relations at the Austra- broad themes and importance of the lian National University, makes two papers. The epilogue also offers some major claims in this short and impres- useful directions for further study, sively researched book. First, he says such as the relationship between con- academics have neglected the maritime sumer desire and cultural identity. dimension of Pacifi c history. Second, In sum, this collection of essays is he maintains that “the realities of liv- useful and informative yet inevita- ing in an oceanic environment promul- bly uneven. Some http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

The People of the Sea: Environment, Identity, and History in Oceania (review)

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 19 (2) – Aug 13, 2007

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Abstract

638 the contemporary pacifi c 19:2 (2007) well as musical cds, and a Rotuma The People of the Sea: Environment, Web site arranged by the anthropolo- Identity, and History in Oceania, by gists themselves, on which they have Paul D’Arcy. Honolulu: University posted, among many other sources, of Hawai‘i Press, 2006. isbn 978- electronic copies of all their publica- 0-8248-2959-9; xvii + 294 pages, tions. fi gures, maps, notes, bibliography, In an epilogue, Jocelyn Linnekin index. us$36.00. situates the collection in the broader social science literature on cultural Paul D’Arcy, who teaches Pacifi c identity, especially social-constructiv- and environmental history as well as ist approaches, and summarizes the colonial race relations at the Austra- broad themes and importance of the lian National University, makes two papers. The epilogue also offers some major claims in this short and impres- useful directions for further study, sively researched book. First, he says such as the relationship between con- academics have neglected the maritime sumer desire and cultural identity. dimension of Pacifi c history. Second, In sum, this collection of essays is he maintains that “the realities of liv- useful and informative yet inevita- ing in an oceanic environment promul- bly uneven. Some

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Published: Aug 13, 2007

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