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Pac.DU500.63.M58H19 2009
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TITLE: The "Sea of Little Lands": Examining Micronesia's Place in "Our Sea of Islands" / David Hanlon.
AUTHOR: Hanlon, David L
PUBLISHED: Honolulu, Hawaii : University of Hawai'i Press Center for Pacific Islands Studies, 2009.
DESCRIPTION: p. 91-110 ; 29 cm.
NOTES: Extracted from: The Contemporary Pacific, volume 21, number I.
NOTES: Paul Rainbird has written on the assumed absence of certain cultural practices that informed Jules-Se?bastien-Cesar Dumont d'Urville's identification of Micro- nesia as a definable and major area of the Pacific. What followed d'Urville's misnaming was the ethnological reification of Micronesia as a coherent cultural entity. Colonialism, most recently and most particularly American colonialism, has contributed to the reification of this anthropological construct in politically significant and intellectually constraining ways. This essay reflects on a variety of linked histories--
NOTES: anthropological, colonial, and literary--
NOTES: that help explain the area's limited connections to the rest of contemporary Oceania and its related, more general circumscription from the field of Pacific studies. It also focuses on recent writings that destabi
NOTES: lize the term Micronesia in favor of more localized his- tories, ethnographies, and literature--a process that is consistent with Hau'ofa's vision of our sea of islands.
SUBJECT: American empire
SUBJECT: Anthropology
SUBJECT: Decolonizaton
SUBJECT: Pacific studies
SUBJECT: Micronesia.

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