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Common Worlds and Single Lives : Constituting Knowledge in Pacific Societies - Verena Keck

Common Worlds and Single Lives

Constituting Knowledge in Pacific Societies

By: Verena Keck (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st November 1998
ISBN: 9781859731697
Number Of Pages: 384

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In Pacific societies, local knowledge, which has been accumulated over thousands of years and is irreplaceable, is rapidly disappearing. With the extinction of languages, the ability to observe and interpret the world from varying perspectives is also being lost. At the same time, an enormous body of knowledge about nature, plants and animals is vanishing.

However, in parallel with this, the people of the Pacific are confronted with new modes of knowledge and newly introduced technologies through imported educational systems, missions of various denominations, and the media. They do not passively assimilate this knowledge but adopt, adapt, and apply it in a syncretistic way.

These changes will have permanent effects on the individual lives of people in the region and their knowledge about themselves and their surrounding 'world'. This stimulating book tracks the course of these developments and offers revealing insights into the complexity of Pacific peoples' responses to the process of globalization.

'I found this volume worthwhile and often thought-provoking.' Anthropos '[This book] as much to offer anyone interested in ethnography as a way of knowing the world. It provides a convenient outline of the discipline's struggle with basic concepts and issues, as well as a rich array of ethnographic instances that lead to engaged reflection.' The Contemporary Pacific 'It is not often that Pacific academia is blessed by the arrival of intellectually insightful books that attempt to probe the inner "being" of the Pacific world ... As a collection of anthropological pieces, this book presents one of the most insightful attempts at analysing Pacific epistemologies.' The Journal of Pacific Studies

Verena Keck
Introduction
Prologue
Reflections on Knowledge in an Oceanic Setting
Embodied Personhood
Body, Being and Identity in Ambonwari, Papua New Guinea
On the Acquisition of Knowledge: Teaching Kinship through the body among the Tiwi of Northern Australia
Cannibalism and Compassion: Transformations in Fijian Notions of the Person
Changing Life Histories
A Turn of the Rope: Two Life-Histories from Mount Hagen
A Different Kind of Biography
Local Recasting of Christianity
HMI Samoa and HMI Oui-oui: Local Recasting of Christianity by Lifuans (Loyalty Islands)
Appropriating the Other: A Case study from New Britain
Experiencing Outside Worlds
Tannese Cultural Journeys
The Articulation of Property and Non-Property Relations in Land in the Interior of 'Big Fiji'
The Fate of the Particularising Relation
Deeply Felt Knowledge
Integrating Thoughts and Emotions in Knowing the Past
Responses of Kwanga Women to Intrusion into the Female Realm
Chuukese Women's Status: Traditional and Modern Elements
Appropriating New Forms of Knowledge
Showing the Invisible
Violence and Politics among the Ankave-Anga (Gulf Province, Papua New Guinea)
Big Man and Big Woman in the Village
Why do the Tiwi want a New Township?
A Case Study of Australian Aboriginal Brokers and the Politics of 'Development'
Tinpis Running in Tuvalu: Reactions to Video as a New Medium
A Case Study
Staging a Political Challenge: The Story of Tokelau Te Ata
Epilogue
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ISBN: 9781859731697
ISBN-10: 1859731694
Series: Explorations in Anthropology
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 1st November 1998
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.52