Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/15335

The "Sea of Little Islands": Examining Micronesia's Place in "Our Sea of Islands"

File SizeFormat 
v21n1-91-110.pdf148.51 kBAdobe PDFView/Open

Item Summary

Title: The "Sea of Little Islands": Examining Micronesia's Place in "Our Sea of Islands"
Authors: Hanlon, David
Keywords: American empire
anthropology
decolonization
Micronesia
Pacific studies
show 1 moreOceania
show less
LC Subject Headings: Oceania -- Periodicals
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
Center for Pacific Islands Studies
Citation: Hanlon, D. 2009. The "Sea of Little Islands": Examining Micronesia's Place in "Our Sea of Islands." The Contemporary Pacific 21 (1): 91-110.
Abstract: Paul Rainbird has written on the assumed absence of certain cultural practices that informed Jules-Sébastien-César Dumont d’Urville’s identification of Micro- nesia as a definable and major area of the Pacific. What followed d’Urville’s misnaming was the ethnological reification of Micronesia as a coherent cultural entity. Colonialism, most recently and most particularly American colonialism, has contributed to the reification of this anthropological construct in politically significant and intellectually constraining ways. This essay reflects on a variety of linked histories—anthropological, colonial, and literary—that help explain the area’s limited connections to the rest of contemporary Oceania and its related, more general circumscription from the field of Pacific studies. It also focuses on recent writings that destabilize the term Micronesia in favor of more localized his- tories, ethnographies, and literature—a process that is consistent with Hau‘ofa’s vision of “our sea of islands.”
Pages/Duration: 20 p.
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/15335
ISSN: 1043-898X
Appears in Collections:TCP [The Contemporary Pacific ], 2009 - Volume 21, Number 1



Items in ScholarSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.