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Title Leadership and change in the Western Pacific : essays presented to Sir Raymond Firth on the occasion of his ninetieth birthday / edited by Richard Feinberg, Karen Ann Watson-Gegeo
Published London ; Atlantic Highlands, N.J. : Athlone Press, 1996


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Description xiv, 416 pages ; 23 cm
Series Monographs on social anthropology ; no. 66
Monographs on social anthropology ; no. 66
Contents 1. Introduction: Leadership and Change in the Western Pacific / Karen Ann Watson-Gegeo and Richard Feinberg -- 2. Sanctity and Power on Anuta: Polynesian Chieftainship Revisited / Richard Feinberg -- 3. Authority and Egalitarianism: Discourses of Leadership on Nukulaelae Atoll / Niko Besnier -- 4. A New King for Nanumaga: Changing Demands for Leadership and Authority in a Polynesian Atoll Society / Barbara Luem -- 5. The Absurd Side of Power in Samoa / Bradd Shore -- 6. The Bellonese: High, Low - and Equal: Leadership and Change on a Polynesian Outlier in the Solomon Islands / Torben Monberg -- 7. Money, Sovereignty and Moral Authority on Rotuma / Alan Howard -- 8. Who Are the Chiefs? Chiefship in Lau, Eastern Fiji / Steven Hooper -- 9. Leadership and Solomon Islanders' Resistance to Plantation-based Political Economy: Roles and Circumstances / Stephen Boggs and David W. Gegeo
10. Priest and Prince Integrating Kastom, Christianity and Modernization in Kwara'ae Leadership /David W. Gegeo and Karen Ann Watson-Gegeo -- 11. 'Identity Crisis': Changing Images of Chieftainship in Manam Society / Nancy Christine Lutkchaus -- 12. From Possession to Apotheosis: Transformation and Disguise in the Leadership of a Cargo Movement / Harvey Whitehouse -- 13. Epilogue: Old Canvas, New Leadership / William A. Shack
Summary The book is an ethnographic and theoretical exploration of the rise of new forms of leadership at community and national levels in the islands of the Western Pacific. Changing definitions, functions and expectations of leaders have followed upon political independence for many new nations in Oceania. Islanders are reworking leadership offices, synthesising traditional and Western models, and drawing on indigenous values and symbols to validate the resulting new structures. These changes raise basic questions about leadership and tradition and bring new challenges to old debates in Pacific anthropology, explored by the contributors to this volume. Leadership and Change in the Western Pacific is published as a tribute to Sir Raymond Firth, whose classic work on Tikopia has been an inspiration to generations of anthropologists
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Monographs on social anthropology no:66 0077-1074
Subject Chiefdoms -- Islands of the Pacific.
Leadership -- Islands of the Pacific.
Leadership -- Polynesia.
Chiefdoms -- Polynesia.
Political anthropology -- Islands of the Pacific.
Political anthropology -- Polynesia.
Social change -- Islands of the Pacific.
Social change -- Polynesia.
Islands of the Pacific -- Politics and government.
Polynesia -- Politics and government.
Genre/Form Festschriften.
Author Feinberg, Richard.
Firth, Raymond, 1901-2002.
Watson-Gegeo, Karen Ann, 1942-
LC no. 96014668
ISBN 0485195666