The Collected Papers of Alan Howard and Jan Rensel on Rotuma

Note: The papers posted on this website may deviate from published versions as a result of scanning and transcription errors. Because of limitations imposed by the internet, Rotuman diacritics have been omitted. It has also been necessary to redo some of the charts and figures, so they may not exactly replicate the originals as they appeared in publications. Pagination has also been omitted, so anyone referring to these publications in scholarly works should consult the original published versions.

Alan & Jan


Rotuma as a Hinterland Community. Journal of the Polynesian Society 70:272-299 (1961)

Land, Activity Systems and Decision-Making Models in Rotuma. Ethnology 2:407-440 (1963)

Conservatism and Non-Traditional Leadership in Rotuma. Journal of the Polynesian Society 72:65-77 (1963)

Land Tenure and Social Change in Rotuma. Journal of the Polynesian Society 73:26-52 (1964)

Pre-marital Sex and Social Control Among the Rotumans. American Anthropologist 66:266-283 (1964)

Plasticity, Achievement and Adaptation in Developing Economies. Human Organization 25:265-272 (1966)

The Rotuman District Chief: A Study in Changing Patterns of Authority. Journal of Pacific History l:63-78 (1966)

Adoption on Rotuma. In Vern Carroll (ed.), Adoption in Eastern Oceania. Honolulu: University Press of Hawaii (1970)

Rotumans in Fiji: The Genesis of an Ethnic Group. In M. Lieber (ed.), Exiles and Migrants in Oceania. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press (1977)

The Power to Heal in Colonial Rotuma. Journal of the Polynesian Society 88(3):243-275 (1979)

History, Myth and Polynesian Chieftainship: The Case of Rotuman Kings. In A. Hooper and J. Huntsman (eds.), Transformations of Polynesian Culture. Auckland: Polynesian Society (1985)

Cannibal Chiefs and the Charter for Rebellion in Rotuman Myth. Pacific Studies 10:1-27 (1986)

The Resurgence of Rivalry: Politics in Post-Colonial Rotuma. Dialectical Anthropology 14:145-158 (1989)

Dispute Management in Rotuma. Journal of Anthropological Research 46:263-292 (1990)

Reflections on Change in Rotuma, 1959-1988. In Fatiaki, A. et al. Rotuma: Hanua Pumue (Precious Land). Suva: Institute for Pacific Studies, University of the South Pacific (1991)

Animals as Metaphor in Rotuman Sayings. In Pawley, A. (ed.), Man and a Half: Essays in Pacific Anthropology and Ethnobiology in Honour of Ralph Bulmer. Auckland: The Polynesian Society, Memoir No. 48 (1991)

Symbols of Power and the Politics of Impotence: The Mölmahao Rebellion on Rotuma. Pacific Studies 15:83-116 (1992)

The Fiji Connection: Migrant Involvement in the Economy of Rotuma. Pacific Viewpoint 34:215-240 (1993)

Rotuma: Interpreting a Wedding. In Ember, Melvin, Carol Ember and David Levinson (eds.) Portraits of Culture: Ethnographic Originals. Prentice Hall (1994)

Rotuma in the 1990s: From Hinterland to Neighbourhood. Journal of the Polynesian Society 103:227-254 (1994)

Martyrs, Progress and Political Ambition: Reexamining Rotuma's 'Religious Wars'. Journal of Pacific History 29:131-152 (1995)

Rotuman Seafaring in Historical Perspective. In Feinberg, Richard (ed.) Seafaring in the Contemporary Pacific Islands. DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press (1995)

Speak of the Devils: Discourse and Belief in Spirits on Rotuma. In Spirits in Culture, History, and Mind, edited by Jeannette Mageo and Alan Howard. New York: Routledge (1996)

From Thatch to Cement: Social Implications of Housing Change on Rotuma. In Home in the Islands: Housing and Social Change in the Pacific, edited by Jan Rensel and Margaret Rodman. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press (1997)

Money, Sovereignty and Moral Authority on Rotuma. In Leadership and Change in the Western Pacific, edited by Richard Feinberg and Karen Watson-Gegeo. London School of Economics Monograph Series. London: Athlone Press (1996)

Ritual Status and Power Politics in Modern Rotuma. In Chiefs Today: Traditional Pacific Leadership and the Postcolonial State, edited by Geoffrey White and Lamont Lindstrom. Stanford University Press (1997)

Rotuma. In Fiji in Transition, edited by Brij V. Lal and Tomasi Rayalu Vakatora. Vol. 1, Fiji Constitution Review Commission Research Papers. Suva: School of Social and Economic Development, The University of the South Pacific (1997)

The Place of Disabled Persons in Rotuman Society. Pacific Studies 20(3):19-50 (1997)

Youth in Rotuma, Then and Now. In Adolescence in Pacific Island Societies, edited by Gilbert Herdt and Stephen Leavitt. University of Pittsburgh Press (1998)

Rotuma. In The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music. Vol. 9, Australia and the Pacific Islands, edited by Adrienne L. Kaeppler and J. W. Love. New York: Garland Publishing Inc. (1998)

Pacific-Based Virtual Communities: Rotuma on the World Wide Web. The Contemporary Pacific 11(1):160-175 (1999)

Where has Rotuman culture gone? And what is it doing there? Pacific Studies 24(1/2):63-88 (2001)

Restraint and Ritual Apology: The Rotumans of the South Pacific. In Keeping the Peace, edited by Graham Kemp and Douglas P. Fry. New York: Routledge (2004)

Only Skin Deep: Social Order and the Body on Rotuma (English Version). In La Production du Corps, edited by Maurice Godelier and Michel Panoff. Éditions des Archives Contemporaines. Amsterdam: Overseas Publishing Association (1998)

Rotuman Identity in the Electronic Age. In Shifting Images of Identity in the Pacific, edited by Toon van Meijl and Jelle Miedema. Leiden: KITLV Press (2004)

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