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Pacific alternatives : cultural politics in contemporary Oceania

Author: Edvard Hviding; Geoffrey M White; Bergen Pacific Studies Research Group,; University of Hawaii at Manoa. Center for Pacific Islands Studies,
Publisher: Canon Pyon [England] : Sean Kingston Publishing, 2015. ©2015
Edition/Format:   Print book : Conference publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"At the centre of this collection are the actors and processes referred to by the distinguished Oceania thinker and visionary Epeli Hau'ofa as 'ordinary people ... who, because of the poor flows of benefits from the top, scepticism about stated policies and the like, tend to plan and make decisions about their lives independently, sometimes with surprising and dramatic results that go unnoticed or ignored at the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Pasifika
Conference papers and proceedings
Congresses
Material Type: Conference publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Edvard Hviding; Geoffrey M White; Bergen Pacific Studies Research Group,; University of Hawaii at Manoa. Center for Pacific Islands Studies,
ISBN: 1907774386 9781907774386
OCLC Number: 922375396
Notes: "This collection has been developed from a major conference organized in Honolulu in March 2009 by the Center for Pacific Island Studies, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, in collaboration with the Bergen Pacific Studies group of the University of Bergen, Norway"--Page vii.
Description: x, 285 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Pacific alternatives in a global context: dialogues in Oceania / Geoffrey White and Edvard Hviding --
State and cultural policies --
State effects and festival performances : Indigenous Australian participation in the Festival of Pacific Arts / Rosita Henry --
Space Wars: Nan Madol as cultural and political property / David Hanlon --
Feasts, festivals and phantoms: the predicament of cultural policy in a Solomon Islands society / Geoffrey White --
Cultural politics of land and sea --
Absentee landowners, gifted lands and 'economies of affection' / Vilsoni Hereniko --
The Western Solomons and the sea: maritime cultural heritage in sociality, province and state / Edvard Hviding --
Women and cutomary land tenure in Vanuatu: changing understandings / Lissant Bolton --
Heritage as political discourse --
Port Vila mi lavem yu: visualizing the urban experience in Vanuatu / Haidy Geismar --
Culture, politics and tourism on Tanna / Lamont Lindstrom --
Coming together: Kastom, religiosity and scale-making in New Ireland, Papua New Guinea / Graeme Were --
Gauging perceptions of heritage in Palau / Stephen Wickler --
Re-presenting Melanesia: ignoble savages and Melanesian alter-natoves Tarcisius Kabutaulaka --
Imagining the state as a vehicle for cultural survival in Oceania / Ralph Regenvanu.
Responsibility: edited by Edvard Hviding and Geoffrey White.

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"At the centre of this collection are the actors and processes referred to by the distinguished Oceania thinker and visionary Epeli Hau'ofa as 'ordinary people ... who, because of the poor flows of benefits from the top, scepticism about stated policies and the like, tend to plan and make decisions about their lives independently, sometimes with surprising and dramatic results that go unnoticed or ignored at the top'. The contributors explore innovative social, cultural and political responses to global processes as they influence and unfold in a range of Pacific locations - with a major focus on Island Melanesia and a further range of contributions on Palau, Pohnpei, Rotuma and Australia. A multi-disciplinary group, including a number of Pacific Islanders, the authors present contemporary connections between expanding perceptions of cultural heritage and the emergence of new political forms, in the context of challenges posed by the global political economy. At issue in the volume are viable local Pacific alternatives to the institutions and practices commonly advocated in development discourse, but difficult to implement in Pacific settings. 'Pacific Alternatives provides fresh perspectives on the ways that cultural heritage serves as a unique source of engaging the modern state and global non-state actors. The volume showcases two of the strongest features of contemporary Pacific Studies scholarship: the ability to find new insights in experience-near analyses of Islander life that have world enlarging potentials, and the foregrounding of Indigenous voices in the evolving dialogue around land, politics, culture, tradition, custom, and identity"--Back cover.

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