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Mimesis and Pacific Transcultural Encounters

Making Likenesses in Time, Trade, and Ritual Reconfigurations

Edited by Jeanette Mageo and Elfriede Hermann

310 pages, 30 illus., 1 map, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-624-9 $130.00/£92.00 Hb Not Yet Published (September 2017)

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“This edited collection offers an important contribution to mimesis and its role in transcultural encounters, both in the past and present, in the Pacific region.” · Alison Dundon, University of Adelaide, Australia

How do images circulating in Pacific cultures and exchanged between them and their many visitors transform meanings for all involved? This fascinating collection explores how through mimesis, wayfarers and locales alike borrow images from one another to expand their cultural repertoire of meanings or borrow images from their own past to validate their identities.

Jeannette Mageo is a psychological anthropologist. Her work focuses on how subjectivity, identity, and emotion evolve out of cultural and historical experiences. Since 1980, she has been involved in research and publication on Samoan culture, history, and psychology.

Elfriede Hermann has conducted long-term research with Papua New Guineans, Banabans in Fiji and I-Kiribati, especially on identifications and belonging, emotions and historicity, ethnicity and migration, cultural transformations and the anthropology of climate change.

Series: Volume 8, ASAO Studies in Pacific Anthropology
Subject: General Anthropology General Cultural Studies
Area: Asia-Pacific

BISAC: SOC002010 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Anthropology/Cultural; SOC005000 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Customs & Traditions; SOC026040 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Sociology/Social Theory

BIC: JFC Cultural studies; JFFP Social interaction




Contents

Acknowledgments
Research Map

Introduction: Mimesis in Theory and in Cultural History

PART I: MIMESIS THROUGH TIME

Chapter 1. 
Imitation as Relationality in Early Australian Encounters
Francesca Merlan

Chapter 2. Transitional Images and Imaginaries: Dressing in Schemas in Colonial Samoa
Jeannette Mageo


Chapter 3. 
Reel to Real: Mimesis, Playing Indian, and Touring with The Vanishing Race 
in New Zealand 1927
Sarina Pearson

PART II: SELLING MIMESIS: FROM TOURIST ART TO TRADE STORES

Chapter 4. Traditional Tahitian Weddings for Tourists: An Entwinement of Mimetic Practices
Joyce D. Hammond

Chapter 5. 
Of Dragons and Mermaids: The Art of Mimesis in the Trobriand Islands
Sergio Jarillo de la Torre

Chapter 6. 
Capitalism Meets Its Match: Failed Mimesis of Market Economics among the Asabano 
of Papua New Guinea
Roger Ivar Lohmann

PART III: RITUAL MIMESIS AND ITS RECONFIGURATIONS

Chapter 7. Mimesis, Ethnopsychology, and Transculturation:
Identifications in Birthday Celebrations among Banabans in Fiji
Elfriede Hermann

Chapter 8. Mimesis and Reimagining Identity among Marshall Islanders
Laurence Marshall Carucci


Chapter 9. 
Anthropology, Christianity, and the Colonial Impasse: Rawa Mimesis,Millennialism, and Modernity in the Finisterre Mountains of Papua New Guinea
Doug Dalton

AFTERWORD

Chapter 10. “1 Lot Magic Sticks 6 Bundles”: Mimetic Technologies, Their Intimacies and Intersecting Histories
Joshua A. Bell


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