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Talking about place : identities, histories and powers among the Na'hai speakers of Malakula (Vanuatu)

Curtis, Tim


This thesis is an ethnography of the Na'hai speakers of South Malakula in Vanuatu. It explores how people use the concept of pies, or place, to position themselves as social agents. It demonstrates how Malakulans understand place to be a key component of a person's identity and the repository of communal knowledge and power. It highlights the important political, economic and social ramifications of this concept, and explores why it continues today to be relevant in all aspects of...[Show more]

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Date published: 2002-10
Type: Thesis (PhD)


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