Active Agents versus Passive Victims: Decolonized Historiography or Problematic Paradigm?

dc.contributor.author Chappell, David A.
dc.date.accessioned 2009-10-30T00:15:28Z
dc.date.available 2009-10-30T00:15:28Z
dc.date.issued 1995
dc.description.abstract Pacific history claims to have decolonized by focusing on Islanders as active agents who made participatory choices in their interactions with outsiders. "Islander-oriented" studies are a decided improvement over imperial histories, but modern revisionism has tended to downplay evidence of depopulation, cultural domination, or colonial exploitation, on the basis that such narratives rob Islanders of their dignity by representing them as "passive victims" being acted on by outsiders. This polemicism still decides for Islanders what is important about their past. Nationalists often emphasize injustices committed against their peoples. Such active modern agents discourse about victimization to portray not helplessness but innocence, and the need for redress. This dilemma reveals the need to revise Pacific history's dominant paradigm: victims need not be passive, and actors tend to be embedded in structures.
dc.identifier.citation Chappell, D. A. 1995. Active Agents versus Passive Victims: Decolonized Historiography or Problematic Paradigm? The Contemporary Pacific 7 (2): 303-26.
dc.identifier.issn 1043-898X
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/13055
dc.language.iso en-US
dc.publisher University of Hawai'i Press
dc.publisher Center for Pacific Islands Studies
dc.subject.lcsh Oceania -- Periodicals.
dc.title Active Agents versus Passive Victims: Decolonized Historiography or Problematic Paradigm?
dc.type Article
dc.type.dcmi Text
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