Identity through History: Living Stories in a Solomon Islands Society

Identity through History: Living Stories in a Solomon Islands Society

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Identity through History: Living Stories in a Solomon Islands Society by Geoffrey M. White

For people who live in small communities transformed by powerful outside forces, narrative accounts of culture contact and change create images of collective identity through the idiom of shared history. How may we understand the processes that make such accounts compelling for those who tell them? Why do some narratives acquire a kind of mythic status as they are told and retold in a variety of contexts and genres? Identity Through History attempts to explain how identity formation developed among the people of Santa Isabel in the Solomon Islands who were victimized by raiding headhunters in the nineteenth century, and then embraced Christianity around the turn of the century. Making innovative use of work in psychological and historical anthropology, Geoffrey White shows how these significant events were crucial to the community's view of itself in shifting social and political circumstances.

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ISBN-13: 9780521533324
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/09/2002
Series: Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology Series , #83
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 292
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.67(d)

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