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What are the dimensions and patterns emerging in the culture of Hawaii today? Return to Paradise uses a sociological analysis to examine the structural, historical, interpersonal, and contemporary patterns present in the Hawaiian Islands. By focusing on both third and fourth generation Japanese-Americans, Wooden provides insight into the dimensions of "local" culture. Relying on first-hand accounts from college-age youths, Return to Paradise examines the subtle changes that have occurred in Hawaii's young people. Other issues explored include the fluctuating economic and social impact of tourism, and the presence of an emerging "global" identity. Wooden updates and expands the discussion presented in his earlier work, What Price Paradise? Changing Patterns in Hawaii (University Press of America, 1981).

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Editorial Reviews

Dr. Gerald M. Meredith
A unique and perceptive account of what it means to be a 'local' in Hawaii today. Wooden's work will serve as a valuable resource for developing instruments to assess "local" identification in Hawaii.
A. Didrick Castberg
A major contribution in the sociology of the young and ethnic relations. Those who read this will understand the local youth culture and have some insight into the inter-ethnic and inter-generational conflict in Hawaii.
Wayne Patterson
...both convincing and devoid of an overabundance of social science jargon.
Gordon Pi'ianai'a
...a contribution to those interested in the people of Hawaii. He has taken a complex issue and analyzed it into selected categories which helps the reader understand current social patterns and concerns in Hawaii.
Booknews
A study of the complex social patterns that have emerged in Hawaii over the past several decades, providing insight into local identity and culture by focusing on third and fourth generation Japanese- Americans and other ethnic groups, and discussing contemporary identities against the historical backdrop of Hawaii's plantation and rural past. Topics include class divisions, generational differences, ethnicity and gayness, and the rise of local culture. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780819199201
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 5/9/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 178
  • Product dimensions: 0.41 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Outline
Ch. 1 The Loss of Community 3
Ch. 2 The Power Elites 19
Ch. 3 The Search For Identity 39
Ch. 4 Generational Differences 55
Ch. 5 Being Ethnic and Gay 69
Ch. 6 Life Satisfaction Among the Elderly 81
Ch. 7 The Rise of Local Culture 97
Ch. 8 The Significance of Localism 115
Ch. 9 Hawaii and the Future 137
Notes 161
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