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Glamour in the PacificCultural Internationalism and Race Politics in the Women's Pan-Pacific$
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Fiona Paisley

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780824833428

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824833428.001.0001

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Culture and Identity

Culture and Identity

(p.161) Five Culture and Identity
Glamour in the Pacific

Fiona Paisley

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter continues an investigation of indigenous involvements in the Pan-Pacific Women's Association (PPWA). It considers Maori participation from the perspective of handcraft as a site of cross-cultural exchange in the 1950s. The handcraft traditions of women were ascribed cultural significance in the association as it sought to affirm the central role of local women in the negotiation of globalization. Moreover, the continuation of women's handcraft in the West was considered to provide the context for women to unite across diverse cultural traditions and levels of development. In its discourse on the universal interests of women in craft, the PPWA sought to provide a cultural internationalist venue in which the historical and political dynamism of culture was to be articulated between indigenous and non-indigenous women.

Keywords:   Pan-Pacific Women's Association, PPWA, handcraft, cultural exchange, Maori women, globalization

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