Culture and History in the Pacific is a collection of essays originally published in 1990. The texts explore from different perspectives the question of culture as a repository of historical information. They also address broader questions of anthropological writing at the time, such as the relationship between anthropologists’ representations and local conceptions.
This republication aims to make the book accessible to a wider audience, and in the region it discusses, Oceania. A new introductory essay has been included to contextualize the volume in relation to its historical setting, the end of the Cold War era, and to the present study of the Pacific and indigenous scholarship.
The authors of Culture and History in the Pacific include prominent anthropologists of the Pacific, some of whom – Roger Keesing and Marilyn Strathern, to name but two – have also been influential in the anthropology of the late 20th and early 21st century in general.
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Summary: The forum includes an Introduction by Tuomas Tammisto and Matti Eräsaari. Additionally, three scholars of Oceania, Martha Kaplan (Vassar College), Alex Golub (University of Hawaiʻi), and Nayahamui Michelle Rooney (Australian National University), share their thoughts on republishing the volume some 30 years after its original publication. All three authors approach the task from different viewpoints, but their analyses also overlap in interesting and important ways.
Forum: Culture and History in the Pacific
Tuomas Tammisto, Matti Eräsaari
Belonging in the Pacific, culture and history thirty years on
Historical anthropology from a 'freezing January' in 1990 to the present
Nahau, Pihi Manus, Pilapan: Hegemony's gender as artefacts of history
Nayahamui Michelle Rooney
Siikala, J. (ed.) 2021. Culture and History in the Pacific. Helsinki: Helsinki University Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.33134/HUP-12
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Published on Sept. 29, 2021