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Oceanian Journeys and Sojourns

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Home thoughts abroad

Edited by Judith A. Bennett

Bennett Oceanian Journeys cover imageThe book

Oceanian Journeys and Sojourns focuses on how Pacific Island peoples – Oceanians – think about a range of journeys near and far: their meanings, motives and implications. In addition to addressing human mobility in various island locales, these essays deal with the interconnections of culture, identity and academic research among indigenous Pacific peoples that have emerged from the contributors’ personal observations and fieldwork encounters. Firmly grounded in the human experience, this edited work offers insights into the development of new knowledge in and of the Pacific. More than half the authors are themselves Oceanians and five of twelve essays are by island women.

The editor

JUDITH A. BENNETT is a Professor of History at the University of Otago. Her research interests are Pacific history, environmental history and Australia’s and New Zealand’s relations with the Pacific Islands. With Tim Bayliss-Smith, Judy edited An Otago Storeman in Solomon Islands: The Diary of William Crossan, Copra Trader, 1885-86, published in 2012. Her most recent book (in press), Mothers’ Darlings of the South Pacific, arises from her first Marsden award about children fathered by American GIs with indigenous women during the Second World War. Three lengthy interviews with part Samoan, Cook IsIand and Māori children form the documentary Born of Conflict, screened on Māori TV on Anzac Day 2014 and now available on YouTube.

Contributors

Sa`Iliemanu Lilomaiava-Doktor, Lola Quan Bautista, Asenati Liki, Raymond Young, Tarcisius Tara Kabutaulaka, Jully Makini, Judith A. Bennett, Yvonne Underhill-Sem, Gordon Leua Nanau, Eric Waddell

Publication details

Paperback, 160 x 240 mm, 408 pages, ISBN 978 1 877578 88 5, $45
2015