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Interdisciplinarity and Pacific Studies: Roots and Routes

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Title:Interdisciplinarity and Pacific Studies: Roots and Routes
Authors:Whimp, Graeme
Keywords:area studies
Pacific studies
academic disciplines
LC Subject Headings:Oceania -- Periodicals.
Date Issued:2008
Publisher:University of Hawai'i Press
Center for Pacific Island Studies
Citation:Whimp, G. 2008. Interdisciplinarity and Pacific Studies: Roots and Routes. The Contemporary Pacific 20 (2): 397-421.
Abstract:This paper discusses the approaches generally grouped under the heading of “interdisciplinarity.”
There is no intention to arrive at a perfect, authoritative definition
of interdisciplinarity, but rather to assess the contribution those approaches might
make. The essay begins by briefly covering some generalizations about Pacific
knowledges and considers the European academic framework before and during
the emergence of disciplines. It then outlines that emergence, reviews a range
of ideas about the nature of interdisciplinarity and related methodologies, and
examines the relationship between interdisciplinarity and area studies. Finally the
paper attempts to establish the specific identity of one Pacific studies program,
that of Victoria University of Wellington, considering some possible obstacles and
impediments to its development, and presenting some suggestions for possible
program orientation and content.
Appears in Collections: TCP [The Contemporary Pacific], 2008 - Volume 20, Number 2

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