Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
At Home and in the FieldEthnographic Encounters in Asia and the Pacific Islands$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Suzanne S. Finney, Mary Mostafanezhad, Guido Carlo Pigliasco, and Forrest Wade Young

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780824847593

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824847593.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM HAWAII SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.hawaii.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Hawaii University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in HSO for personal use.date: 04 August 2021

Sorry, Wrong Number!

Sorry, Wrong Number!

Locating Marriage Partners through Wrong Numbers and Text Messages in Vanuatu

(p.143) Sorry, Wrong Number!
At Home and in the Field

Ashley Vaughan

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines how one global process, the expansion of mobile phone technology in Vanuatu, affects marriage and social relations in a place particularly concerned with protecting and reviving traditional culture. In the village of Big Tautu on the island of Malekula in Vanuatu, using the mobile phone to find marriage partners can be seen as a transformation of traditional marriage and kinship practices. Because mobile phone technology facilitates traditions like marriage and reciprocal exchange relationships, mobile phone technology has become, in a sense, a part of Tautuan kastom (customary or traditional culture). Some aspects of mobile phone use, however, go against Tautuan kastom.

Keywords:   kastom, globalization, Big Tautu, marriage, Vanuatu, social relations, mobile phone technology, mobile phones, traditional marriage, marriage partners

Hawaii Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.