These new essays concern the profound transformation taking place in the island communities and countries of the South Pacific, and examine the processes of adaptation to change. All the contributors write from extensive first-hand experience and research, and the volume as a whole must add significantly to understanding of the Pacific and of the problems of change throughout the Third World. In addition the essays make an important contribution to the methodology and philosophy of geography. The authors are concerned to analyse the relative value of microgeographic method and of quantification and generalization in reaching a satisfactory understanding and explanation of the social and spatial processes and patterns which were observed. They also examine the crucial problems surrounding the role of the geographer in studying a developing region. The editor writes, 'Our "view from within" does offer a different sort of geography, one imbued with conscience and social relevance which emerge necessarily from our method. This much at least we recommend to our colleagues in developed as well as developing countries.'