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Interdisciplinarity and Pacific Studies: Roots and Routes

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dc.contributor.author Whimp, Graeme
dc.date.accessioned 2010-01-19T20:37:22Z
dc.date.available 2010-01-19T20:37:22Z
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.citation Whimp, G. 2008. Interdisciplinarity and Pacific Studies: Roots and Routes. The Contemporary Pacific 20 (2): 397-421.
dc.identifier.issn 1043–898X
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/14652
dc.description.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.
dc.language.iso en-US
dc.publisher University of Hawai'i Press
dc.publisher Center for Pacific Island Studies
dc.subject area studies
dc.subject Pacific studies
dc.subject interdisciplinarity
dc.subject multidisciplinarity
dc.subject academic disciplines
dc.subject.lcsh Oceania -- Periodicals.
dc.title Interdisciplinarity and Pacific Studies: Roots and Routes
dc.type Article
dc.type.dcmi Text
Appears in Collections: TCP [The Contemporary Pacific], 2008 - Volume 20, Number 2


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