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The "Sea of Little Islands": Examining Micronesia's Place in "Our Sea of Islands"

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Item Summary Hanlon, David 2010-04-28T21:02:45Z 2010-04-28T21:02:45Z 2009
dc.identifier.citation Hanlon, D. 2009. The "Sea of Little Islands": Examining Micronesia's Place in "Our Sea of Islands." The Contemporary Pacific 21 (1): 91-110.
dc.identifier.issn 1043-898X
dc.description.abstract Paul Rainbird has written on the assumed absence of certain cultural practices that informed Jules-Sébastien-César Dumont d’Urville’s identification of Micro- nesia as a definable and major area of the Pacific. What followed d’Urville’s misnaming was the ethnological reification of Micronesia as a coherent cultural entity. Colonialism, most recently and most particularly American colonialism, has contributed to the reification of this anthropological construct in politically significant and intellectually constraining ways. This essay reflects on a variety of linked histories—anthropological, colonial, and literary—that help explain the area’s limited connections to the rest of contemporary Oceania and its related, more general circumscription from the field of Pacific studies. It also focuses on recent writings that destabilize the term Micronesia in favor of more localized his- tories, ethnographies, and literature—a process that is consistent with Hau‘ofa’s vision of “our sea of islands.”
dc.format.extent 20 pages
dc.language.iso en-US
dc.publisher University of Hawai'i Press
dc.publisher Center for Pacific Islands Studies
dc.subject American empire
dc.subject anthropology
dc.subject decolonization
dc.subject Micronesia
dc.subject Pacific studies
dc.subject Oceania
dc.subject.lcsh Oceania -- Periodicals
dc.title The "Sea of Little Islands": Examining Micronesia's Place in "Our Sea of Islands"
dc.type Article
dc.type.dcmi Text
Appears in Collections: TCP [The Contemporary Pacific], 2009 - Volume 21, Number 1

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