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Unity of Heart: Culture and Change in a Polynesian Atoll Society (review)

Unity of Heart: Culture and Change in a Polynesian Atoll Society (review) 492 the contemporary pacific fall 2002 substantial change as married couples of urbanization on island communi- establish independent households free- ties. Extensive notes offer essential ing them from customary familial ties. information to further contextualize Chapter 6 focuses on death and the various aspects of social change in funeral feast as the prime example Micronesia. of traditional culture. Today, Hezel This book has many things in its explains, the funeral feast carries both favor. It is accessible to all types of a much larger cultural burden and audiences because it lacks social sci- social cost as these occasions have ence jargon. The broad scope of the become the primary opportunities for study is made manageable through displays of social position and power the categorization of traditional prac- in Micronesian societies. In chapter 7, tices to provide structure for Hezel’s Hezel describes the commodification argument that emergence of a cash of sexuality as young people form economy and the rise of nuclear fam- relationships, not to serve family inter- ily units have triggered a chain reac- e s t s , but for their own gratification. tion of social and cultural innovations C h a p t e r 8 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

Unity of Heart: Culture and Change in a Polynesian Atoll Society (review)

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 14 (2) – Jul 1, 2002

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University of Hawai'I Press
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Copyright © 2002 University of Hawai'i Press.
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Abstract

492 the contemporary pacific fall 2002 substantial change as married couples of urbanization on island communi- establish independent households free- ties. Extensive notes offer essential ing them from customary familial ties. information to further contextualize Chapter 6 focuses on death and the various aspects of social change in funeral feast as the prime example Micronesia. of traditional culture. Today, Hezel This book has many things in its explains, the funeral feast carries both favor. It is accessible to all types of a much larger cultural burden and audiences because it lacks social sci- social cost as these occasions have ence jargon. The broad scope of the become the primary opportunities for study is made manageable through displays of social position and power the categorization of traditional prac- in Micronesian societies. In chapter 7, tices to provide structure for Hezel’s Hezel describes the commodification argument that emergence of a cash of sexuality as young people form economy and the rise of nuclear fam- relationships, not to serve family inter- ily units have triggered a chain reac- e s t s , but for their own gratification. tion of social and cultural innovations C h a p t e r 8

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The Contemporary PacificUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Jul 1, 2002

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