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At Home and in the FieldEthnographic Encounters in Asia and the Pacific Islands$
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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

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An Anthropologist Behaving Badly

An Anthropologist Behaving Badly

The Case of the Missing Watch on Waya Island, Fiji

(p.12) An Anthropologist Behaving Badly
At Home and in the Field

Lisa Humphrey

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter recounts how its author learned sociocultural principles of Fijian reciprocity while, ironically, lying to the community hosting her research in Waya Island, Fiji. In order to conduct research regarding how Wayans use traditional clan histories to support, and challenge, claims to chiefly titles and landownership, the author has immersed herself in Wayan life and customs, putting her in a perfect position to ask the more difficult research questions and, moreover, to appreciate firsthand the kerekere system. In Fijian, the word kerekere literally means “please,” and is also used to refer to an important system of reciprocity whereby Wayan kinship and friendship bonds are strengthened.

Keywords:   kerekere, Fijian reciprocity, sociocultural principles, Waya Island, Fiji, Wayan community

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