Item description for Narratives of Nation in the South Pacific (Studies in Anthropology and History) by Ton Otto...
The essays in this volume, by distinguished scholars in Pacific studies, emerge from research in a region in which the nation - like other projects of modernity - has been peculiarly tenuous. These case studies focus upon local perceptions of the state, efforts to ground nationhood in tradition, the character of national narratives, and recent transformations of the Pacific nationalism. 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, bu
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.82" Width: 5.98" Height: 0.87" Weight: 0.97 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 1997
ISBN 9057020866 ISBN13 9789057020865
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More About Ton Otto
Wendy Gunn is associate professor of design anthropology at Mads Clausen Institute, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark. She has published widely on the relation between design and anthropology and has extensive experience of collaborating with industry, companies and the public sector as an integral part of research and teaching.
Ton Otto has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Aarhus, Denmark.