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Making Sense of Micronesia: The Logic of Pacific Island Culture

Francis X. S.J. Hezel


Why are islanders so lavishly generous with food and material possessions but so guarded with information? Why do these people, unfailingly polite for the most part, laugh openly when others embarrass themselves? These questions are common in encounters with an unfamiliar Pacific Island culture. This book is intended for westerners who find themselves in contact with Micronesians and are puzzled by their island ways. It is for anyone struggling to make sense of cultural exchanges they don't quite understand. The book focuses on the island culture: the importance of the social map, the tension ... More

Keywords: social map, Pacific Island culture, cultural exchanges, island culture, Micronesia, social identity, wealth, women

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780824836610
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824836610.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Francis X. S.J. Hezel, author
Micronesian Seminar