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Who was Polynesian? Who was Melanesian? Hybridity and ethnogenesis in the South Vanuatu Outliers

Flexner, James; Bedford, Stuart; Valentin, Frederique


Archaeological constructions of past identities often rely more or less explicitly on contemporary notions of culture and community in ways that can sometimes oversimplify the past and present. The archaeology of European colonialism has shown the proliferation of ‘hybrid’ identities that emerged from relatively recent cross-cultural encounters (though this concept is not without its critics). We argue that this perspective can also inform interpretations of the deeper past, with specific...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2019
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Social Archaelology
DOI: 10.1177/1469605319846719


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