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Identity through History : Living Stories in a Solomon Islands Society - Geoffrey M. White

Identity through History

Living Stories in a Solomon Islands Society

By: Geoffrey M. White, Meyer Fortes (Editor), Edmund Leach (Editor), Jack Goody (Editor), Stanley Jeyaraja Tambiah (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 9th December 2002
ISBN: 9780521401722
Number Of Pages: 292

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For people who live in small communities transformed by powerful outside forces, narrative accounts of culture contact and change create images of collective identity through the idiom of shared history. How may we understand the processes that make such accounts compelling for those who tell them? Why do some narratives acquire a kind of mythic status as they are told and retold in a variety of contexts and genres? Identity Through History attempts to explain how identity formation developed among the people of Santa Isabel in the Solomon Islands who were victimized by raiding headhunters in the nineteenth century, and then embraced Christianity around the turn of the century. Making innovative use of work in psychological and historical anthropology, Geoffrey White shows how these significant events were crucial to the community's view of itself in shifting social and political circumstances.

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'White's book is a rich and nuanced contribution to the literature on perceptions of the past and colonial change in the Pacific ... an important contribution to Pacific anthropology.' Man

First encounters
Portraits of the past
Chiefs, persons and power
Crisis and christianity
Conversions and consolidation
Becoming Christian: playing with history
Missionary encounters: narrating the self
Collisions and convergence
The paramount chief: rites of renewal
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ISBN: 9780521401722
ISBN-10: 0521401720
Series: Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 292
Published: 9th December 2002
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.6