Leadership and Change in the Western Pacific: Essays Presented to Sir Raymond Firth on the Occasion of His Ninetieth Birthday

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The book is an ethnographic and theoretical exploration of the rise of new forms of leadership at community and national levels in the islands of the Western Pacific. Changing definitions, functions and expectations of leaders have followed upon political independence for many new nations in Oceania. Islanders are reworking leadership offices, synthesising traditional and Western models, and drawing on indigenous values and symbols to validate the resulting new structures. These changes raise basic questions ...
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Overview

The book is an ethnographic and theoretical exploration of the rise of new forms of leadership at community and national levels in the islands of the Western Pacific. Changing definitions, functions and expectations of leaders have followed upon political independence for many new nations in Oceania. Islanders are reworking leadership offices, synthesising traditional and Western models, and drawing on indigenous values and symbols to validate the resulting new structures. These changes raise basic questions about leadership and tradition and bring new challenges to old debates in Pacific anthropology, explored by the contributors to this volume. Leadership and Change in the Western Pacific is published as a tribute to Sir Raymond Firth, whose classic work on Tikopia has been an inspiration to generations of anthropologists.
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Table of Contents

List of Figures
Preface
1 Introduction: Leadership and Change in the Western Pacific 1
2 Sanctity and Power on Anuta: Polynesian Chieftainship Revisited 56
3 Authority and Egalitarianism: Discourses of Leadership on Nukulaelae Atoll 93
4 A New King for Nanumaga: Changing Demands for Leadership and Authority in a Polynesian Atoll Society 129
5 The Absurd Side of Power in Samoa 142
6 The Bellonese: High, Low - and Equal: Leadership and Change on a Polynesian Outlier in the Solomon Islands 187
7 Money, Sovereignty and Moral Authority on Rotuma 205
8 Who Are the Chiefs? Chiefship in Lau, Eastern Fiji 239
9 Leadership and Solomon Islanders' Resistance to Plantation-based Political Economy: Roles and Circumstances 272
10 Priest and Prince Integrating Kastom, Christianity and Modernization in Kwara'ae Leadership 298
11 'Identity Crisis': Changing Images of Chieftainship in Manam Society 343
12 From Possession to Apotheosis: Transformation and Disguise in the Leadership of a Cargo Movement 376
13 Epilogue: Old Canvas, New Leadership 398
Index 411
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