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Mimesis and Pacific Transcultural Encounters: Making Likenesses in Time, Trade, and Ritual Reconfigurations

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ASAO Studies in Pacific Anthropology

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Mimesis and Pacific Transcultural Encounters

Making Likenesses in Time, Trade, and Ritual Reconfigurations

Edited by Jeannette Mageo and Elfriede Hermann

292 pages, 30 illus., 1 map, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-624-9 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Published (October 2017)

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“Anthropologists, as scholars and teachers, should welcome these analyses, as mimesis is at the core of our foundational ethnographic method, participant observation, and also is a popular strategy of hands-on, experiential learning within classrooms. As Bell concludes, ‘mimesis is profoundly engaging anthropologically because of issues it raises about the nature of cross-culture engagement’. Anthropologist see, anthropologist do.” • JRAI (Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute)

“…a rich and nuanced thesaurus of instances of mimesis. Common themes are developed across the chapters, skilfully knit together in the Afterword penned by Bell…The impressive internal coherence of the volume and the questions it generates encourage an engagement with this publication beyond its regional specificity.” • Anthropos

“This edited collection offers an important contribution to mimesis and its role in transcultural encounters, both in the past and present, in the Pacific region.” • Alison Dundon, University of Adelaide, Australia


How do images circulating in Pacific cultures and exchanged between them and their many visitors transform meanings for all involved? This fascinating collection explores how through mimesis, wayfarers and locales alike borrow images from one another to expand their cultural repertoire of meanings or borrow images from their own past to validate their identities.

Jeannette Mageo is a psychological anthropologist. Her work focuses on how subjectivity, identity, and emotion evolve out of cultural and historical experiences. Since 1980, she has been involved in research and publication on Samoan culture, history, and psychology.

Elfriede Hermann has conducted long-term research with Papua New Guineans, Banabans in Fiji and I-Kiribati, especially on identifications and belonging, emotions and historicity, ethnicity and migration, cultural transformations and the anthropology of climate change.

Subject: Anthropology (General) Cultural Studies (General)
Area: Asia-Pacific


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