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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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Cultural Change in Oceania

Cultural Change in Oceania

Remembering the Historical Questions

(p.313) Cultural Change in Oceania
Changing Contexts, Shifting Meanings

Peter Hempenstall

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter considers the myriad cases presented during the symposium “Changing Contexts—Shifting Meanings: Transformations of Cultural Traditions in Oceania”, sponsored by the Honolulu Academy of Arts from February 23–26, 2006. It gathers these cases into some kind of order and highlights the themes of historical importance and explanatory value that the historian might gently encourage his colleagues to remember. It discusses a so-called political economy of cultural transformation, which refers to the transformative potency of material conditions of power imposed upon Pacific Island cultures, largely from outside, but also from within through the disparities of power and resources within Oceanic communities. Between the conflicting priorities of these processes, Oceanians formed their cultural practices in their efforts at cultural preservation as well as in transformation and transculturation.

Keywords:   Pacific Islanders, Pacific Island culture, Oceania, cultural transformation, transculturation

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