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Home in the Islands: Housing and Social Change in the Pacific

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ISBN 10: 0824819349 / ISBN 13: 9780824819347
Published by University of Hawaii Press, 1997
Condition: Fine Soft cover
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0824819349 8vo. Collection of scholarly essays on the topic of housing in various parts of the Pacific: New Britain (Papua New Guinea), Rotuma (Fiji), Pollap (in the outer islands of Chuuk in the Federated States of Micronesia), Samoa, New Zealand and Hawaii. Topics covered include: proposed solutions to homelessness in Hawaii, housing and cultural problems arising from migration (e.g. of Samoans in New Zealand), historical overview of housing in New Britain in the 20th century. Discussion of architecture and family and societal issues. 264pp. Index, biblio. B/w photos, maps, diagrams. 1st ed. > Language: English | > Size: 8vo | > Media/Binding: Soft cover |. Bookseller Inventory # CORV-BBP-12516

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Title: Home in the Islands: Housing and Social ...

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

Publication Date: 1997


Book Condition:Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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Ordinary houses have extraordinary stories to tell.

For more than a century, anthropologists have been recording these sagas in an attempt to uncover humanity's relationship with the common dwelling. Fundamental to the interaction of humans and housing is the way people shape their living spaces, even redefining their purposes and meanings; their houses, in turn, influence how people live their lives and perpetuate the cultural structures that produced a given form of shelter.

The stories draw attention to colonial and missionary agendas, local and global economies, environmental disasters, cultural identities, social connections, and family continuity, as well as personal choices. And, as the chapter on homeless Hawaiians shows, even those without houses have stories to tell.

Anthropologists, architects, environmental designers, geographers, and historians will welcome this diverse volume on a neglected yet important aspect of change in the lives of Pacific Islanders.

About the Author:

Margaret Rodman Critchlow is professor of anthropology at York University, Toronto.

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