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Traditional Micronesian Societies: Adaptation, Integration, and Political Organization in the Central Pacific

Glenn Petersen


This book explores the extraordinary successes of the peoples who first settled the Central Pacific islands some two thousand years ago. They and their descendants devised social and cultural adaptations that have enabled them to survive—and thrive—under the most demanding environmental conditions. The dispersed matrilineal clans so typical of Micronesian societies ensure that every individual, every local family and lineage, and every community maintain close relations with the peoples of many other islands. Out of this common theme, shared patterns of land tenure, political rule, philosophy, ... More

Keywords: Central Pacific islands, Micronesia, land tenure, political rule, descent, women

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780824832483
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824832483.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Glenn Petersen, author
Baruch College, CUNY