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How do adolescents in greatly divergent societies see and experience the world? As the first comparative study of adolescence, this book takes an anthropological approach to understanding adolescence in the rapidly changing area of the Pacific Islands. The contributors explore coming-of-age in the tradition of Margaret Mead: the biological basis of teenage rebellion, the role of the adolescent in Pacific Island cultures, and teenagers' influence as agents of change. The essays examine how biology, culture, and ...
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1998 Hardcover Very Good 082294068X Very good. Cloth 8vo. A comparative assessment of adolescent experience in Pacific Islands societies, produced by the participants of the ... 1990 Association of Social Anthropologists in Oceania. A unique set of cultural case studies of youth in the rapidly developing societies. 239pp. Index, biblio. 1st edition. > Language: English | > Size: 8vo | > Media/Binding: Hardcover | Read more Show Less

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How do adolescents in greatly divergent societies see and experience the world? As the first comparative study of adolescence, this book takes an anthropological approach to understanding adolescence in the rapidly changing area of the Pacific Islands. The contributors explore coming-of-age in the tradition of Margaret Mead: the biological basis of teenage rebellion, the role of the adolescent in Pacific Island cultures, and teenagers' influence as agents of change. The essays examine how biology, culture, and adolescence intersect, and how social change affects the adolescent experience. They address the rise of intersex interaction in traditionally segregated communities, the problems of cross-generational differences in education for maintaining traditional authority structures, and the structural effects of personal choice in contracting marriages.Contributors: Aletta Biersack, University of Oregon; Victoria K. Burbank, University of Western Australia; James S. Chisholm, University of Western Australia; Eileen M. Cantrell; Alan Howard, University of Hawai'i; Maria Lepowsky, University of Wisconsin, Madison; Carol Worthman, Emory University; and the editors.This book makes an invaluable contribution to this highly significant and relatively neglected period of life and provides interesting comparisons to some of the existing works that focus on adolescence in specific cultures such as those of Mead, Whiting, and Burbank. It also makes for an interesting comparison with the large body of Pacific literature that focuses on gender socialization and initiation rituals."--Jeanette Dickerson-Putman, Purdue UniversityThis exemplary collection--finely honed, rich in ethnographic cases and theoretical import--explores adolescence both as a biosocial landmark in the life of the individual and as a prefiguration of changes in the adult society. A landmark in itself, this volume is essential reading for anyone interested in adolescence, 'youth culture,' and social change in the Pacific--and elsewhere."--Donald Tuzin, University of California at San Diego
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A comparative study of adolescence in the Pacific Islands, taking an anthropological approach. Contains sections on comparative perspectives of Pacific adolescence, cultural constructions of adolescence, and adolescence and social change in the Pacific. Can be used in anthropology courses dealing with social change, psychology and anthropology courses focusing on development and the life cycle, and any course addressing the nature versus nurture question. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822940685
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/1998
  • Series: Asao Monographs Series
  • Pages: 344

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Pt. I Comparative Perspectives on Pacific Adolescence
1 Introduction: Studying Adolescence in Contemporary Pacific Island Communities 3
2 Adolescence in the Pacific: A Biosocial View 27
Pt. II Cultural Constructions of Adolescence
3 Adolescent Pregnancy and Parenthood in an Australian Aboriginal Community 55
4 Horticulture and Hierarchy: The Youthful Beautification of the Body in the Paiela and Porgera Valleys 71
5 Woman the Sexual, a Question of When: A Study of Gebusi Adolescence 92
Pt. III Adolescence and Social Change in the Pacific
6 Coming of Age on Vanatinai: Gender, Sexuality, and Power 123
7 Youth in Rotuma, Then and Now 148
8 The Bikhet Mystique: Masculine Identity and Patterns of Rebellion Among Bumbita Adolescent Males 173
Notes 197
Bibliography 211
Index 237
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