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This course provides an introduction to the peoples and the complex cultures of the Pacific Islands (Oceania) in the areas known as Melanesia, Polynesia and Micronesia. Topics include gender, social stratification, leadership and exchange, conflict and war, ritual and symbolism as well as the relationship between tradition and modernity. The course examines the past and the present and the ways in which contact, colonization, the introduction of Christianity, and the cash economy shaped and continue to shape life in the Island Pacific.
Hermann, E. (2011). Changing contexts, shifting meanings: transformations of cultural traditions in Oceania. Honolulu: University of Hawaiʻi Press in association with the Honolulu Academy of Arts, c2011. pp 56-73 and pp 74-92.
Lansdown, R. (2006). Strangers in the South Seas : The Idea of the Pacific in Western Thought: an Anthology. Honolulu: University of Hawaiʻi Press.
Lockwood, V. S. (2004). Globalization and culture change in the Pacific Islands. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education. pp. 1-34.
Teaiwa, Katerina (2014) Consuming Ocean Island: Stories of People and Phosphate from Banaba. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.