Identity Through History
Living Stories in a Solomon Islands Society
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Identity Through History by Geoffrey M. White
Book DescriptionFor people who live in small communities transformed by powerful outside forces, narrative accounts of culture contact and change create images of collective identity through the idiom of shared history. How may we understand the processes that make such accounts compelling for those who tell them? Why do some narratives acquire a kind of mythic status as they are told and retold in a variety of contexts and genres? Identity Through History attempts to explain how identity formation developed among the people of Santa Isabel in the Solomon Islands who were victimised by raiding headhunters in the nineteenth century, and then embraced Christianity around the turn of the century. Making innovative use of work in psychological and historical anthropology, Geoffrey White shows how these significant events were crucial to the community's view of itself in shifting social and political circumstances.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521401722
(228mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 14-Nov-1991
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Geoffrey M. White
Identity Through History, Paperback (February 2003)
This book is about the construction of cultural identity through narratives of shared history.
New Directions in Psychological Anthropology, Paperback (January 1993)View all books by Geoffrey M. White
This work on psychological anthropology discusses cognition, developmental psychology, biology, psychiatry, and psychoanalysis, areas that have always been integral to the subject, but which are now being transformed by new perspectives on the body, meaning, agency and communicative practice.
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