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Disappearing Worlds: Anthropology and Cultural Studies in Hawai'I and the Pacific

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Title:Disappearing Worlds: Anthropology and Cultural Studies in Hawai'I and the Pacific
Authors:White, Geoffrey M.
Tengan, Ty Kawika
cultural studies
LC Subject Headings:Oceania -- Periodicals.
Date Issued:2001
Publisher:University of Hawai'i Press
Center for Pacific Islands Studies
Citation:White, G. M., and T. K. Tengan. 2001. Disappearing Worlds: Anthropology and Cultural Studies in Hawai'I and the Pacific. Special issue, The Contemporary Pacific 13 (2): 381-416.
Abstract:In this paper we look at relations between anthropology, cultural studies, and
native studies on the basis of their practice in the Pacific, focusing particularly on
the history of anthropology at the University of Hawai‘i. We draw attention to
the absence of Pacific Islanders and, specifically, of Hawaiians as authors, agents,
and practitioners of anthropology. Having noted these absences, we probe disciplinary
practices that (re)produce boundaries of inside-out, native-other, repres
e n t e r- re p resented in Pacific scholarship. In part i c u l a r, we examine ways in which
fieldwork as both ideology and practice enforces separation between anthropology
and native studies. Another development calling attention to the boundaries
of anthropological discourse is the emergence of significant numbers of native
authors and activists concerned with issues of culture, history, and politics. In contrast
to the relative absence of indigenous practitioners of anthropology in the
Pacific, recent years have seen a virtual renaissance of fiction writing and video
production by Pacific Islanders, creating new forms of cultural criticism akin to
interdisciplinary cultural studies in other parts of the world. As anthropology
reconceptualizes the objects of its research, devises new approaches to fieldwork,
and otherwise engages in dialogue with a range of interlocutors, the discipline is
being redefined with as yet indeterminate results.
Appears in Collections: TCP [The Contemporary Pacific], 2001 - Volume 13, Number 2

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