Narratives of Nation in the South Pacific

1st Edition

Ton and Thomas Otto

Routledge
Published March 19, 1997
Reference - 245 Pages
ISBN 9789057020865 - CAT# RX9944
Series: Studies in Anthropology and History

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Summary

It is striking that in many Pacific nations, 'national' narratives are subordinate to other fundamental historical imaginings, such as those concerning local political dynasties and conversion to Christianity. While leaders in Pacific states have frequently sought to legitimate new nations through local 'tradition' and 'custom', these constructions of identity frequently mask divisions arising from gender, hierarchy, and other social relationships. These studies from Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Samoa and the Cook Islands add much to our knowledge of historical imaginings and contemporary culture in the Pacific, but raise wider questions concerning the current transformation of national identities.

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