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Three Competing Research Perspectives for Oceania

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Title: Three Competing Research Perspectives for Oceania
Authors: Wood, Houston
Keywords: disciplines
Pacific studies
LC Subject Headings: Oceania -- Periodicals.
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
Center for Pacific Islands Studies
Citation: Wood, H. 2006. Three Competing Research Perspectives for Oceania. The Contemporary Pacific 18 (1): 33-55.
Abstract: Three research perspectives are currently competing in Oceania. A disciplinebased perspective still dominates, though ever fewer people believe that disciplines produce superior forms of knowledge. An alternative, interpretation-based perspective is becoming more prominent, but this approach relies on confusing and contradictory claims about how interpretations connect to concrete activities. A practice-based approach seems better able to promote diversity and place-based autonomies in Oceania. Research that focuses on practices avoids the universalizing claims of discipline-based research. By treating cultures as dynamic repertoires of practices, a practice-based approach integrates interpretive and noninterpretive activities within a single research frame. Examples from many researchers, including Epeli Hau‘ofa and Ty Käwika Tengan, illustrate the benefits of a practice-based approach.
ISSN: 1043-898X
Appears in Collections:TCP [The Contemporary Pacific ], 2006 - Volume 18, Number 1

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