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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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Love and Its Expression

Love and Its Expression

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(p.127) 10 Love and Its Expression
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Making Sense of Micronesia
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Francis X. Hezel

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824836610.003.0011

This chapter examines the ways that Micronesians express love. Like parents anywhere in the world, Micronesian parents can be very demonstrative in their affection toward their children. But this affection ends when a new child arrives. The new child now becomes the center of attention at the expense of the older sibling. While western-trained psychologists believe that this is traumatic for the older child, the reality is that he/she had simply been treated to his/her first lesson in island life: the individual may claim the attention of everyone for a time, but in the end he/she must yield to the interests of the family. The corollary to this, which the child will eventually learn, is that the family will provide a source of love that will never fail. The Micronesian child may not receive warm hugs and encouraging words, but he/she will be offered a secure place in the family. This chapter considers displays of affection in the Micronesian family as well as expressions of love between couples.

Keywords:   love, parents, Micronesia, affection, children, family, couples

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