By Paul Lyons
This provocative research and critique of yankee representations of Oceania and Oceanians from the 19th century to the current, argues that imperial fantasies have glossed over a posh, violent heritage. It introduces the idea that of ‘American Pacificism’, a theoretical framework that pulls on modern theories of friendship, hospitality and tourism to refigure proven debates round ‘orientalism’ for an Oceanian context.
Paul Lyons explores American-Islander family and lines the ways that primary conceptions of Oceania were entwined within the American mind's eye. at the one hand, the Pacific islands are noticeable as monetary and geopolitical ‘stepping stones’, instead of results in themselves, while at the different they're seen as ends of the earth or ‘cultural limits’, unencumbered via notions of sin, antitheses to the economic worlds of monetary and political modernity. in spite of the fact that, either conceptions vague not just Islander cultures, but in addition cutting edge responses to incursion. The islands in its place emerge with regards to American nationwide id, as locations for clinical discovery, soul-saving and civilizing missions, manhood-testing experience, nuclear checking out and eroticized furloughs among maritime paintings and warfare.
Ranging from first touch and the colonial archive via to postcolonialism and worldwide tourism, this thought-provoking quantity attracts upon a large, profitable number of literary works, old and cultural scholarship, govt records and vacationer literature.
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