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Making Sense of MicronesiaThe Logic of Pacific Island Culture$
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Francis X. S.J. Hezel

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780824836610

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824836610.001.0001

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Limits of the Individual

Limits of the Individual

(p.37) 3 Limits of the Individual
Making Sense of Micronesia

Francis X. Hezel

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines the attitudes of Micronesians regarding privacy and personal choice. It shows that privacy does not have the same value in Micronesian eyes that it has for Americans and other westerners. It explains Micronesian disdain for privacy and preference to remain in the company of others, especially when visiting new places. Whereas westerners often have unrealistic notions of the range of their personal choice, Micronesians believe that individual satisfaction must be sacrificed in favor of the good of the social group; they are under no illusion that their own decisions will determine the direction of their lives. This chapter also considers how Micronesians view individual rights, including the right to vote and human rights, and particularly the notion that the concept of human rights is rooted in individualism.

Keywords:   privacy, personal choice, Micronesia, Micronesians, individual rights, right to vote, human rights, individualism

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