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Making Sense of MicronesiaThe Logic of Pacific Island Culture$
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Francis X. S.J. Hezel

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780824836610

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824836610.001.0001

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Coping with Conflict

Coping with Conflict

(p.140) 11 Coping with Conflict
Making Sense of Micronesia

Francis X. Hezel

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines the ways that Micronesians cope with conflict. Small Pacific Island societies are much better organized to prevent conflict than to resolve it once it occurs. Keeping the family and community united, with its members on good terms with one another, is an overriding concern in Micronesia. One strategy for preventing conflict is to impose restraints on individualism in the community. Micronesians are trained from an early age to conform to the expectations of the group; they learn over time to subordinate their own personal interests to the good of the community. This chapter considers how conflict is managed in Micronesia, including respect, the use of a third party, and withdrawal. It also discusses the ways that Micronesians express anger and deal with anger and concludes by comparing conflict resolution in the islands with that in the West.

Keywords:   conflict, Micronesia, individualism, respect, third party, withdrawal, anger, conflict resolution

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