Creating a Nation with Cloth: Women, Wealth, and Tradition in the Tongan Diaspora

Creating a Nation with Cloth: Women, Wealth, and Tradition in the Tongan Diaspora

by Ping-Ann Addo


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780857458957
Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/01/2013
Series: ASAO Studies in Pacific Anthropology , #4
Pages: 252
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)

About the Author

Ping-Ann Addo is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She has published in Pacific Studies, Pacific Arts, Reviews in Anthropology, The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, and in anthologies on Pacific transnationalism and Pacific clothing. She has also been a visiting scholar at the Center for Art and Public Life at the California College of the Arts.

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Introduction : Nation, Cloth, and Diaspora: Locating Langa Fonua

Chapter 1. Migration, Tradition, and Barkcloth: Authentic Innovations in Textile Gifts

Chapter 2. Gender, Materiality, Value: Tongan Women’s Cooperatives in New Zealand

Chapter 3. Women, Roots, and Routes: Life Histories and Life Paths

Chapter 4. Gender, Kinship, Economics: Exchanging Complex Ceremonial Gifts in Diaspora

Chapter 5. Cash, Death, Diaspora: When Koloa Won’t Do

Chapter 6. Church, Cash, Competition: Multi-centrism and Modern Religion

Conclusion: Moving, Dwelling, and Transforming Spaces

Glossary of Polynesian Language Terms

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