Change in the Pacific
COMMENT: This course does not require a specific background in anthropology because it focuses on contemporary issues and problems from a multidisciplinary area perspective. It does require that you understand the island states and cultures in their current geopolitical context and that you consider two perspectives: That of the outsiders and that of the insiders, the islanders themselves.
TEXTS: To buy:
Additional required readings will be assigned as we go.
PAPERS AND EXAMS: Paper topics are flexible but must go beyond Hawaii and are negotiated in the conference(s). I will edit drafts and help you with sources. Exams include maps, definitions, & short essays and are weighted 60% lecture and 40% reading so attendance is important to grasp concepts and details.
TENTATIVE TOPIC OUTLINE: Adjustable to class interests and visiting speaker schedules
Second and final exam: WEDNESDAY Dec 18, 9:40 A.M.
Think exercise or Resource question -- 10% of total grade
You may do both, using one for extra credit if you wish but
Think Question -- to get you to think and write creatively about a contemporary issue while noting insider and outsider perspectives.
Imagine yourself as a trained and concerned citizen who wants to help find a solution to a contemporary Pacific Islands issue. Choose a contemporary social, political, economic, cultural, environmental or health issue that is faced and talked about by Pacific islanders today. Possible examples include or would be similar to: Nuclear testing, suicide, diseases of modernization, crime, domestic violence, urban poverty and malnutrition, out migration, dependent grants economies, deforestation, alcohol abuse, govt. corruption, rascal gangs etc. Section III in Lockwood may give you some ideas but you should find and cite at least one other source from the periodical literature of the Pacific.
Summarize the issue for some place in the Pacific and note whether it's urban, rural or both. Is there a regional organization to deal with it? Note why people may be concerned about the issue and suggest ways you could learn about how the people feel about the issue by talking to them. If appropriate or possible, and it may well not be, suggest a general type of solution to the issue. Identify your ethnicity and clarify whether you are a Pacific Islander or not. Note how your cultural values may influence your views on this issue and the types of solutions you might propose and work to implement. Do you think your views of the issue and its seriousness are likely to be influenced by whether you are an outsider or insider? Why? Why not? How? How not?
[Subject: Anthropology; Pacific/Comparative]
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