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Changing Contexts, Shifting Meanings: Transformations of Cultural Traditions in Oceania

Elfriede Hermann


This book sheds new light on processes of cultural transformation at work in Oceania and analyzes them as products of interrelationships between culturally created meanings and specific contexts. It examines these interrelationships for insight into how cultural traditions are shaped on an ongoing basis. Following a critique of how tradition has been viewed in terms of dichotomies like authenticity vs. inauthenticity, the book takes a novel perspective in which tradition figures as context-bound articulation. This makes it possible to view cultural traditions as resulting from interactions bet ... More

Keywords: Oceania, cultural traditions, indigenous agency, Pacific Islanders, globalization, intercultural exchange

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780824833664
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824833664.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elfriede Hermann, editor
University of Göttingen

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Elfriede Hermann

Changing Contexts, Shifting Meanings

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Part I Early Encounters

Beyond the Beach?

Margaret Jolly

Encountering Agency

Bronwen Douglas

Aphrodite’s Island

Anne Salmond

Inventing Polynesia

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Part II Memories

Part III Global and (Trans)local Processes

Moving onto the Stage

Miriam Kahn

Shanti and Mana

John D. Kelly

Justice in Wallis-‘Uvea

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Part IV Cultural Exchange and Identities

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