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Pacific Lives, Pacific Places: Bursting Boundaries in Pacific History

Lal, Brij V., and Hempenstall, Peter (editors)

Published by Australian National University, 2001
ISBN 10: 0958586314 / ISBN 13: 9780958586313
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Title: Pacific Lives, Pacific Places: Bursting ...

Publisher: Australian National University

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition: Fine

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190 pp. We live in a constantly dissolving moment as the world leaps boundaries of technological and cultural change which appeared uncrossable just a few years ago. Certainties crack open, our confidence about our history is undermined. Over the last 50 years Pacific History has become a vast and complex field of multi-disciplinary analysis practised by historians, anthropologists, linguists, prehistorians, literary and cultural studies critics, even natural scientists. It involves discourses about complex groups and communities, whose foundations are constantly being re-drawn. The conference of the Pacific History Association held in 2000 provided the opportunity to re-think some of these matters, under the banner 'Bursting Boundaries: Places, Persons, Gender and Disciplines'. It met in the shadow of the armed coup of 19 May in Fiji, trouble in the Solomon Islands and instability in Irian Jaya, giving a sharp currency to discussions about the meltdown of borders, lives and disciplines. Scholars have been forced to think actively about their understandings of the past, and about questions of political and moral judgment. Lines that create lives is a major theme in exploring boundaries. These essays reflect a variety of biographical modes, demonstrating the richness of the field in its approaches to this genre. In Pacific Lives, Pacific Places authors have been challenged to reflect on the lines that have circumscribed their activities and to move beyond them. This volume is designed to mark a moment of recognition and personal re-examination by individual scholars of the various boundaries that have dominated their lives. 0.0. Bookseller Inventory # ABE.0021934

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