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Beyond "Migration": Samoan Population Movement (Malaga) and the Geography of Social Space (Va)

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Item Summary Lilomaiava-Doktor, Sa‘iliemanu 2010-04-28T21:02:33Z 2010-04-28T21:02:33Z 2009
dc.identifier.citation Lilomaiava-Doktor, S. 2009. Beyond "Migration": Samoan Population Movement (Malaga) and the Geography of Social Space (Va). The Contemporary Pacific 21 (1): 1-32.
dc.identifier.issn 1043-898X
dc.description.abstract New flows of population movements have called into question both conventional categories of “migration” and their assumptions, encouraged by concepts such as diaspora and transnationalism. Despite the incorporation of the new concepts diaspora and transnationalism in migration studies in Oceania, conceptual problems remain because traditional categories of migration, diaspora, and transna- tionalism continue to dominate mobility literature with notions of severing ties, uprootedness, and rupture as Pacific Islanders move from the periphery (villages) to the core (Pacific Rim countries). In this article, I argue that indigenous concep- tions of migration and development provide a better understanding of people’s movements and the connection of migration to development for Island societies and economies. Through an ethnogeographic study of Salelologa, a Samoan vil- lage with members in Sämoa and overseas, I use Samoan concepts for migra- tion, malaga, and social connectedness, vä, to examine the processes, ideologies, and interactions that ‘äiga (kin group, family members) maintain and retain in the diaspora as they seek ways to improve households and human betterment. This discussion of a Samoan philosophy and epistemology of movement expands, invigorates, and redefines ideas of migration, development, transnationality, place, and identity through Samoan ontological lenses. Harnessing an awareness of indigenous concepts is not enough, however, unless indigeneity and its concepts are fully integrated into theoretical approaches to mobility research in Oceania.
dc.format.extent 32 pages
dc.language.iso en-US
dc.publisher University of Hawai'i Press
dc.publisher Center for Pacific Islands Studies
dc.subject indigeneity
dc.subject epistemology
dc.subject malaga
dc.subject va
dc.subject development
dc.subject ideology
dc.subject Pacific Islanders
dc.subject.lcsh Oceania -- Periodicals
dc.title Beyond "Migration": Samoan Population Movement (Malaga) and the Geography of Social Space (Va)
dc.type Article
dc.type.dcmi Text
Appears in Collections: TCP [The Contemporary Pacific], 2009 - Volume 21, Number 1

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