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Title: On the Edge? Deserts, Oceans, Islands 
Author: Jolly, Margaret
Date: 2001
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
Center for Pacific Islands Studies
Citation: Jolly, M. 2001. On the Edge? Deserts, Oceans, Islands. Special issue, The Contemporary Pacific 13 (2): 417-66.
Abstract: This paper starts with a playful interrogation of being “on the edge” of California
from the perspective of a millennial experience “in the center” of Australia—
partly to suggest my own location, but also to suggest how imagined geographies
of edges and centers, of peripheries and interiors are geopolitical mirages. It then
moves to a consideration of how representations of deep time, in being “on the
edge” or inhabiting “a sea of islands” relate to the contemporary politics of indigeneity
and diaspora in the Pacific. While acknowledging the differences between
Islanders of different regions and countries, the co-presence of the values of
“roots” and “routes” is stressed. The varied relation of indigeneity and diaspora
is explored through visual arts displayed in museums and cultural festivals in
Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Aotearoa New Zealand, and Australia.
ISSN: 1043-898X
Keywords: anthropology, cultural studies, culture, history, Pacific studies, representation, visual arts
LC Subject Headings: Oceania -- Periodicals.

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