By Paul Lyons
This provocative research and critique of yank representations of Oceania and Oceanians from the 19th century to the current, argues that imperial fantasies have glossed over a posh, violent historical past. It introduces the concept that of ‘American Pacificism’, a theoretical framework that attracts on modern theories of friendship, hospitality and tourism to refigure validated 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 visible as monetary and geopolitical ‘stepping stones’, instead of results in themselves, when at the different they're seen as ends of the earth or ‘cultural limits’, unencumbered by means of notions of sin, antitheses to the economic worlds of monetary and political modernity. besides the fact that, either conceptions vague not just Islander cultures, but in addition leading edge responses to incursion. The islands as an alternative emerge with regards to American nationwide identification, as locations for medical discovery, soul-saving and civilizing missions, manhood-testing experience, nuclear trying 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, worthwhile choice of literary works, historic and cultural scholarship, executive files and vacationer literature.
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