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

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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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781577661665
  • Publisher: Waveland Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/15/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 927,170

Table of Contents

Geographic Note IX
Preface XI
Acknowledgments XVII
1 Encountering Nanumea 1
Learning to Speak 2
Fieldwork Methods 3
A Second Chance 10
A Third Visit 13
Seeking Feedback 16
Looking Back over a Quarter Century 16
Notes and Suggestions for Further Reading 18
2 "Of the Island" 21
Notes and Suggestions for Further Reading 38
3 Tefolaha in the Cookhouse 41
Family Corporations 42
A Cookhouse Encounter 49
Community Foundations 51
Myths and "Reality" 52
Notes and Suggestions for Further Reading 54
4 Emerging from the "Days of Darkness" 57
Dating Tefolaha 58
Precontact Society 61
Themes in Nanumean Traditional History 63
Explorers and Whalers 68
Missionaries 71
Traders, Beachcombers, and Sailors 74
Under Colonial Administration 76
The War Years 80
Passage to Independence 82
Notes and Suggestions for Further Reading 85
5 Coral and Sand 91
A Marginal Human Habitat 92
"What Do We Rely on for Life?" 95
Shared Estates 96
Working the Lands 101
Coconut and Water 105
Root Crops and Prestige 111
Using the Sea 115
Notes and Suggestions for Further Reading 122
6 Something for All 125
Categorizing Exchange 127
Sharing and Compassion 130
Sharing in Practice 132
The Local Cooperative Store 135
Dilemmas Facing Entrepreneurs 140
Group Selling 143
Household Strategies for Making Money 146
Changes in Cash Income 155
Notes and Suggestions for Further Reading 157
7 Family Matters 161
Networks of Kin 162
Clues about Family Relationships 163
Balancing Respect and Caring 170
To Marry or Not to Marry 175
Children as a Blessing 180
Household Dynamics 185
Notes and Suggestions for Further Reading 187
8 Community 191
Community Organization 192
Heart of the Community 199
Service-Oriented Leadership 205
Getting Along Together 210
Heirs of Tefolaha 217
Notes and Suggestions for Further Reading 218
9 Challenges of the Twenty-first Century 221
Rising Sea Levels 223
Local Identity, National Identity, and Pressures for Westernization 225
Inroads of Capitalism 230
Equality under Threat 232
Leadership Issues 234
Balancing Urban and Outer Island Opportunities 236
Looking to the Future 241
Notes and Suggestions for Further Reading 241
10 Unity of Heart 245
Notes and Suggestions for Further Reading 249
Glossary of Tuvaluan Words 251
Bibliography 257
Study Guide 275
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