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Transforming relations of gender, person, and agency in Oceania

Morgain, Rachel; Taylor, John P.

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This introduction contextualises the nine papers that make up the special issue Gender and Person in Oceania. Gender and personhood represent core orienting concepts within Pacific anthropology, from the pioneering work of Marilyn Strathern’s Gender of the Gift to more recent scholarly attention to the impact of Christianity and modernity. The papers in this volume offer a comparative and critical perspective on long-standing ideas of ‘relational’ and ‘individual’ personhood across multiple...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorMorgain, Rachel
dc.contributor.authorTaylor, John P.
dc.date.accessioned2015-05-18T02:12:10Z
dc.date.available2015-05-18T02:12:10Z
dc.identifier.issn0029-8077
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/13508
dc.description.abstractThis introduction contextualises the nine papers that make up the special issue Gender and Person in Oceania. Gender and personhood represent core orienting concepts within Pacific anthropology, from the pioneering work of Marilyn Strathern’s Gender of the Gift to more recent scholarly attention to the impact of Christianity and modernity. The papers in this volume offer a comparative and critical perspective on long-standing ideas of ‘relational’ and ‘individual’ personhood across multiple sites in Oceania, highlighting several key insights, including the importance of situated and relational understandings of agency and the centrality of those ‘things’ typically seen as non-agentive to the formation of personhood. Most importantly, while re-establishing the inseparable articulation of personhood with gendered dynamics, the contributors to this volume also highlight the differential, transforming, and shifting nature of engendered personhood, revealed through close attention to local knowledge, conditions, and practices.
dc.description.sponsorshipThis special issue has been intellectually and financially supported by Professor Margaret Jolly’s Laureate Project ‘Engendering Persons, Transforming Things: Christianities, Commodities and Individualism in Oceania’ (FL100100196); the editors and contributors want to thank the Australian Research Council for generous funding.
dc.publisherWiley
dc.rights© 2015 Oceania Publications
dc.sourceOceania
dc.subjectgender
dc.subjectperson
dc.subjectagency
dc.subjectanthropology
dc.subjectPacific
dc.titleTransforming relations of gender, person, and agency in Oceania
dc.typeJournal article
local.identifier.citationvolume85
dc.date.issued2015-03
local.identifier.absfor169905 - Studies of Pacific Peoples' Societies
local.identifier.ariespublicationa383154xPUB1307
local.publisher.urlhttp://au.wiley.com/WileyCDA/
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationMorgain, R., School of Culture, History and Language, The Australian National University
dc.relationhttp://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/FL100100196
local.identifier.essn1834-4461
local.bibliographicCitation.issue1
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage1
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage9
local.identifier.doi10.1002/ocea.5069
dc.date.updated2015-12-10T10:32:07Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-84925448363
CollectionsANU Research Publications

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