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Title Telling Pacific lives : prisms of process / Brij V. Lal & Vicki Luker, editors.

Imprint Canberra, ACT, Australia : ANU E Press, 2008.


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Description 1 online resource (1 online resource (xiv, 301 pages))
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Series Free online access: OAPEN.
Note Title from PDF title page (viewed July 17, 2008).
Contents Telling Pacific lives: from archetype to icon / Niel Gunson -- The Kila Wari stories: framing a life and preserving a cosmology / Deborah Van Heekeren -- From 'my story' to 'the story of myself'-colonial transformations of personal narratives among the Motu-Koita of Papua New Guinea / Michael Goddard -- Mobility, modernisation and agency: the life story of John Kikang from Papua New Guinea / Wolfgang Kempf -- Surrogacy and the simulacra of desire in Heian Japanese Women's life writing / Christina Houen -- 'The story that came to me': gender, power and life history narratives-reflections on the ethics of ethnography in Fiji / Pauline McKenzie Aucoin -- A tartan clan in Fiji: narrating the coloniser 'within' the colonised / Lucy de Bruce -- Telling lives in Tuvalu / Michael Goldsmith -- My history: my calling / Alaima Talu -- Researching, (w)riting, releasing, and responses to a biography of Queen Salote of Tonga / Elizabeth Wood-Ellem -- On being a participant biographer: the search for J.W. Davidson / Doug Munro -- 'You did what, Mr President!?!?' trying to write a biography of Tosiwo Nakayama / David Hanlon -- Telling the life of A.D. Patel / Brij V. Lal -- On writing a biography of William Pritchard / Andrew E. Robson -- Writing the colony: Walter Edward Gudgeon in the Cook Islands, 1898 to 1909 / Graeme Whimp -- An accidental biographer? on encountering, yet again, the ideas and actions of J.W. Burton / Christine Weir -- E.W.P. Chinnery: a self-made anthropologist / Geoffrey Gray -- Lives told: Australians in Papua and New Guinea / Hank Nelson -- Biography of a nation: compiling a historical dictionary of the Solomon Islands / Clive Moore.
Summary "This volume of essays is an exploration of the way in which scholars from different disciplines, standpoints and theoretical orientations attempt to write life stories in the Pacific. It is the product of a conference organised by the Division of Pacific and Asian History at The Australian National University in December 2005. The aim of the conference was to explore ways in which Pacific lives are read and constructed through a variety of media: films, fiction, faction, history under four overarching themes. The first, Framing Lives, sought to explore various ways of constructing a life from a classic western perspective of birth, formation, experiences and death of an individual to other ways, for example, life as secondary to a longer genealogical entity, life as a symbol of collective experience, individual lives captured and fragmented in a mosaic of others, lives made meaningful by their implication in a particular historical or cultural web, the underlying values and world views that inform one or another approach to framing a life. The second theme, the Stuff of Life, looked at materials, methods and collaborative arrangements with which the biographer, autobiographer and recorder work, their objectives, constraints, inspirations, challenges and tricks. The third section, Story Lines, focused on formats and genres such as edited diaries, collections of writings, voice recordings, genres of biography autobiography, truth and fiction (verse, dance, novels) and the varieties and different advantages of narrative shapes that crystallise the telling of a life. The final section, Telling Lives/Changing Lives, focused on biography/autobiography and the consciousness of identity, history, purpose, lives as witness and windows, telling lives as change for those involved in the tale, the telling, the listening. The overall aim was to bring out both the generic or universal challenges of telling lives as well as to highlight the particular tendencies and trends in the Pacific. Yet these four themes, which seemed analytically promising at the outset, proved in practice difficult to disentangle from the presentations at the workshop"--Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note Print version record.
Language English.
Subject Islands of the Pacific -- Biography.
Islands of the Pacific -- Anecdotes.
Islands of the Pacific -- Civilization -- Congresses.
Islands of the Pacific -- Social life and customs -- Congresses.
Ethnic studies.
Social groups.
Society and culture: general.
Society and social sciences Society and social sciences.
Sociology and anthropology.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Anthropology -- Cultural.
Civilization. (OCoLC)fst00862898
Manners and customs. (OCoLC)fst01007815
Pacific Ocean -- Islands of the Pacific. (OCoLC)fst01244201
History & Archaeology.
Regions & Countries - Australia & Pacific Islands - Oceania.
Indexed Term ethnology.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Anecdotes. (OCoLC)fst01423876
Biography. (OCoLC)fst01423686
Conference papers and proceedings. (OCoLC)fst01423772
Added Author Lal, Brij V.
Luker, Vicki.
Australian National University. Division of Pacific and Asian History.
ANU E Press.
Other Form: Print version: Telling Pacific lives. Canberra ACT : ANU E Press, 2008 9781921313813 (OCoLC)271844733
ISBN 9781921313820 (electronic bk.)
192131382X (electronic bk.)
Standard No. 10.26530/OAPEN_459738 doi

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