A travel book with a difference, this book looks at how the indigenous people of one small Pacific nation are adapting to the immediate, but often disastrous, temptations of modern money, as foreign companies seek to exploit the essential resources that make a customary way of life possible. In five short essays, the author visits a variety of island communities, each with a different experience of contact with modern money. Where outside interests have had full access to traditional resources, customary ways have collapsed as forests have been felled, minerals mined and seas fished dry. Other communities have responded more successfully to monetary temptation. Some have chosen a more modest approach through carefully managed tourism or have returned to traditional customs, completely shunning the modern world and its ways. In each instance, the leaders and members of the communities articulate valuable insights into the nature of their own changing cultural priorities, and of the advancing culture of the globalizing economy.
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The Solomons are a group of islands in the west Pacific where most villages have no road access and no electricity and the modern material world has not fully arrived. But, like many other parts of the Pacific and the world, people in the Solomons are daily negotiating with that modern world – especially over its access to their resources. The author visits five communities and listens to people’s stories of how they are responding to the temptations of the money from logging, fishing and tourism contracts. In a microcosm, this book is about the ways in which Western business is affecting traditional ways of life worldwide.About the Author:
Born in Scotland, Ross McDonald was teaching business and social issues, business and culture and the ethics of modern economy at the University of Auckland. His research work in the Pacific was done through the Mira Szaszy Centre for Maori and Pacific Island Development at the University.
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Book Description Otago University Press, 2003. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX1877276448