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Changing Contexts, Shifting MeaningsTransformations of Cultural Traditions in Oceania$
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Elfriede Hermann

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780824833664

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824833664.001.0001

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Engaging with Interactions: Traditions as Context-Bound Articulations

(p.1) Introduction
Changing Contexts, Shifting Meanings

Elfriede Hermann

University of Hawai'i Press

This introductory chapter sets out the book's purpose, which is to demonstrate how social and structural interactions in Oceania yield articulations of cultural traditions and their meanings. The chapters focus on reciprocities between these meanings and their respective contexts, past and present. With an eye set firmly on objects, cultural practices, and ideas, they trace continuities and transformations alike. The shaping and reshaping of meanings via a multiplicity of interactions is analyzed in four sections under the following headings: (1) early encounters, (2) memories, (3) ongoing global and (trans)local processes, and (4) cultural exchange and identities. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords:   cultural traditions, social interactions, Oceania, cultural transformation

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