Person And Place: Ideas, Ideals And The Practice Of Sociality On Vanua Lava, Vanuatu Sabine C. Hess

ISBN: 9781845455996

Published: August 1st 2009

Hardcover

252 pages


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Person And Place: Ideas, Ideals And The Practice Of Sociality On Vanua Lava, Vanuatu  by  Sabine C. Hess

Person And Place: Ideas, Ideals And The Practice Of Sociality On Vanua Lava, Vanuatu by Sabine C. Hess
August 1st 2009 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 252 pages | ISBN: 9781845455996 | 6.56 Mb

Concerned with contemporary notions of personhood and the relationship between persons and places, this book, presents a detailed insight into the Vanua Lavans engagement with modernity, and examines how they relate to the past, make sense of theMoreConcerned with contemporary notions of personhood and the relationship between persons and places, this book, presents a detailed insight into the Vanua Lavans engagement with modernity, and examines how they relate to the past, make sense of the present and anticipate the future.

Marilyn Stratherns claim that the Melanesian person is a dividual by and large holds for the Vanua Lavan person. But Vanua Lavans have also been exposed to, and creatively engaged with, what can be summarised under the term Western individualism. The author draws together several themes, discourses and conversations which concern Vanuatu specifically, the Pacific as a wider geographic area but also theoretical fields in anthropology: the relevance and expressions of sociality through kinship, concepts of person, issues about land and cosmology, the kastom debate, and questions about continuity and change.

In doing so she provides a snapshot of contemporary notions of personhood. Sabine Hess was awarded a Ph.D. from the Australian National University in Canberra and is currently teaching Anthropology at the Institute fur Ethnologie, University of Heidelberg. She is also working on an interdisciplinary project to document two endangered languages of Vanua Lava, Vanuatu, funded by the VW Foundation.



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