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Title: Have We Been Thinking Upside-Down? The Contemporary Emergence of Pacific Theoretical Thought 
Author: Huffer, Elise; Qalo, Ropate
Date: 2004
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
Center for Pacific Islands Studies
Citation: Huffer, E., and R. Qalo. 2004. Have We Been Thinking Upside-Down? The Contemporary Emergence of Pacific Theoretical Thought. The Contemporary Pacific 16 (1): 87-116.
Abstract: Among the reams of volumes published on the Pacific, mostly by foreigners (but
increasingly by Pacific Islanders), only a few have examined Pacific thought and
how it relates to contemporary ideas, paradigms, and ways of doing. Existing
material in this area has been written mainly by Pacific theologians, educators,
and more recently by native and indigenous anthropologists and sociologists.
While theological works have remained essentially hidden in library stacks in
unpublished theses, articles written by native and indigenous anthropologists and
sociologists have been published in recent editions of The Contemporary Pacific.
The voice of educators, led particularly by the usp School of Education but present
also in other parts of the Pacific, is still somewhat marginal in terms of its
impact on mainstream education. Put together, the work of these Pacific scholars
represents an important building block for the elaboration of a body of Pacific
thought, which, like an open fale, should not shut out the world but invite it in
on its own terms. In turn, this body of Pacific thought should contribute to the
affirmation of a Pacific philosophy and ethic: a body of applicable concepts and
values to guide interaction within the region and beyond.
ISSN: 1043-898X
Keywords: Pacific, thought, governance, ethics, theology, community, education
LC Subject Headings: Oceania -- Periodicals.

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