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Remaking Area StudiesTeaching and Learning across Asia and the Pacific$
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Terence Wesley-Smith and Jon Goss

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780824833213

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824833213.001.0001

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For or Before an Asia Pacific Studies Agenda?

For or Before an Asia Pacific Studies Agenda?

Specifying Pacific Studies

(p.110) Chapter 6 For or Before an Asia Pacific Studies Agenda?
Remaking Area Studies

Teresia K. Teaiwa

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter addresses the following question: What is Pacific Studies? The purpose is not to exclude any past or current work being done on the Pacific, but to consolidate some of the extant and latent strengths of humanities and social science work in the Pacific. It notes that over the last half century Pacific Islands Studies has produced vast quantities of material but has demonstrated no disciplinary or methodological consistency. It argues that whatever the conceptual and practical legacies of colonialism, only Pacific islanders “can make our region real.” The chapter offers up an answer to the question that emphasizes interdisciplinarity, indigenous ways of knowing, and comparative analysis before warning of the dangers of associating too closely with a potentially hegemonic Asian studies.

Keywords:   area studies, Pacific Studies, humanities, social science, Pacific islanders, interdisciplinarity, comparative analysis

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