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Response to reviews

Response to reviews Hage, Ghassan Let me begin by thanking all of the above readers for the time they have taken reading White Nation and their generally positive evaluation of it. Gill Bottomley’s work has been seminal for my understanding of Australian Multiculturalism and I particularly value her critical input. And I am thankful that […]

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International and Local Museum Practices at the Vanuatu Cultural Centre and National Museum

Negotiating Materiality: International and Local Museum Practices at the Vanuatu Cultural Centre and National Museum Geismar, Haidy ABSTRACT In this paper, we examine the idiosyncratic ways in which the Vanuatu Cultural Centre has incorporated global museum technologies into highly localised systems of object management. The convergence of understandings of subject-object relations, and indeed of materiality, […]

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State and status in an urban Papua New Guinea settlement

Reto’s chance: State and status in an urban Papua New Guinea settlement Goddard, Michael ABSTRACT According to the ‘state-in-society’ model developed by Joel Migdal, states cannot be analytically regarded as separate from the societies they govern and have to be viewed in their social contexts. Migdal’s model has been well received by scholars discussing governance […]

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Controversial Funerals and Concepts of the Person among the Paiwan, Taiwan

Tradition and Christianity: Controversial Funerals and Concepts of the Person among the Paiwan, Taiwan Tan, Chang-Kwo ABSTRACT This essay focuses on the complex and dynamic relationships between tradition and Christianity among the Paiwan, an Austronesian-speaking people in Taiwan. The ethnography comes from a village in which adherents of traditional religion and Presbyterians live in the […]

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China Off Center: Mapping the Margins of the Middle Kingdom

China Off Center: Mapping the Margins of the Middle Kingdom Wang, Yiyan China Off Center: Mapping the Margins of the Middle Kingdom Edited by Susan D. Blum and Lionel M. Jensen Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press. 2002. Pp. xxii + 402 Price: US$24.95 China Off Center is a book with a mission, which is to […]

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Foundations of urbanisation: Port Vila town and Pango village, Vanuatu

Foundations of urbanisation: Port Vila town and Pango village, Vanuatu Rawlings, Gregory E ABSTRACT Urbanisation in contemporary Melanesia must be understood by examining not only rural to urban migration, but also the ways in which communities adjacent to town have appropriated and participated in urban living. This paper considers the engagement between the village of […]

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Postmodernist theory and the sublimation of Maori culture

Postmodernist theory and the sublimation of Maori culture Steven Webster KUPER, A. 1988. The Invention of Primitive Society; the history of an illusion. Routledge, London. LAMB, J. 1990. ‘The New Zealand Sublime’ in Meanjin, 49:663-75. —– n.d. (1991) ‘A moment of the sublime off the Coast of Poverty Bay, 9 October 1769’ paper read 21 […]

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Identity and Development in Vanuatu

Bridging Mental Boundaries in a Postcolonial Microcosm: Identity and Development in Vanuatu Rawlings, Gregory E Bridging Mental Boundaries in a Postcolonial Microcosm: Identity and Development in Vanuatu By William F S Miles. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press. 1998. Pp. xxiv + 271. Price: US22.95 pb In this lively and stimulating book, William F S Miles […]