Unity of Heart: Culture and Change in a Polynesian Atoll Society / Edition 1

Unity of Heart: Culture and Change in a Polynesian Atoll Society / Edition 1

by Keith Chambers, Anne Chambers
     
 

ISBN-10: 1577661664

ISBN-13: 9781577661665

Pub. Date: 10/15/2000

Publisher: Waveland Press, Inc.

The authors are social anthropologists affiliated with Southern Oregon University. They write here about their fieldwork in Nanumea, one of eight separate island communities comprising the modern Pacific nation of Tuvalu. The book includes a glossary, a bibliography, and a study guide, but, inexplicably, no index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR…  See more details below

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The authors are social anthropologists affiliated with Southern Oregon University. They write here about their fieldwork in Nanumea, one of eight separate island communities comprising the modern Pacific nation of Tuvalu. The book includes a glossary, a bibliography, and a study guide, but, inexplicably, no index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781577661665
Publisher:
Waveland Press, Inc.
Publication date:
10/15/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
1,092,249
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Geographic NoteIX
PrefaceXI
AcknowledgmentsXVII
1Encountering Nanumea1
Learning to Speak2
Fieldwork Methods3
A Second Chance10
A Third Visit13
Seeking Feedback16
Looking Back over a Quarter Century16
Notes and Suggestions for Further Reading18
2"Of the Island"21
Notes and Suggestions for Further Reading38
3Tefolaha in the Cookhouse41
Family Corporations42
A Cookhouse Encounter49
Community Foundations51
Myths and "Reality"52
Notes and Suggestions for Further Reading54
4Emerging from the "Days of Darkness"57
Dating Tefolaha58
Precontact Society61
Themes in Nanumean Traditional History63
Explorers and Whalers68
Missionaries71
Traders, Beachcombers, and Sailors74
Under Colonial Administration76
The War Years80
Passage to Independence82
Notes and Suggestions for Further Reading85
5Coral and Sand91
A Marginal Human Habitat92
"What Do We Rely on for Life?"95
Shared Estates96
Working the Lands101
Coconut and Water105
Root Crops and Prestige111
Using the Sea115
Notes and Suggestions for Further Reading122
6Something for All125
Categorizing Exchange127
Sharing and Compassion130
Sharing in Practice132
The Local Cooperative Store135
Dilemmas Facing Entrepreneurs140
Group Selling143
Household Strategies for Making Money146
Changes in Cash Income155
Notes and Suggestions for Further Reading157
7Family Matters161
Networks of Kin162
Clues about Family Relationships163
Balancing Respect and Caring170
To Marry or Not to Marry175
Children as a Blessing180
Household Dynamics185
Notes and Suggestions for Further Reading187
8Community191
Community Organization192
Heart of the Community199
Service-Oriented Leadership205
Getting Along Together210
Heirs of Tefolaha217
Notes and Suggestions for Further Reading218
9Challenges of the Twenty-first Century221
Rising Sea Levels223
Local Identity, National Identity, and Pressures for Westernization225
Inroads of Capitalism230
Equality under Threat232
Leadership Issues234
Balancing Urban and Outer Island Opportunities236
Looking to the Future241
Notes and Suggestions for Further Reading241
10Unity of Heart245
Notes and Suggestions for Further Reading249
Glossary of Tuvaluan Words251
Bibliography257
Study Guide275

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