New PDF release: Landscape of Peace: Mechanisms of Social Control on Lamotrek

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By Kerstin J. S. Werle

ISBN-10: 3658058315

ISBN-13: 9783658058319

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Kerstin Werle’s paintings is predicated upon a 12 months of fieldwork on Lamotrek and Yap, belonging to a bunch of islands with a matrilineal tradition. even though a pattern to the approach to life of the Western international are available in all places at the islands, conventional customs, a gendered department of labour and subsistence strategies be triumphant. Kerstin Werle performed her study based on classical anthropological tools, supplementing the on hand professional literature at the frequent Micronesian atolls with a worthy review. Her ebook exhibits how the appropriate of an previous and clever girl, inside the cultural image lavalava, is confronted with a tender society. as a result tremendous constrained area at the small atolls, person plots of land became traditionally, culturally and emotionally major areas, all of which were ascribed their very own person personality. With the aid of those customized areas, humans on Lamotrek pursue neighborhood politics.

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In contrast, the current overproduction has led to a devaluation. At the same time, however, it is the lavalava, which have maintained recent traditional life, since they still are worn for all important ‘rites de passage’ and life situations, whereas the ropes also produced for such purposes in pre-colonial times by the men are no longer produced in sufficient numbers. How great the change is which the community is undergoing on Lamotrek is absolutely clear to the rei metau [people of the sea].

Before this moment, the girls are regarded as children; they practise but neither the conduct of respect (gassorow) nor acceptance of more responsibility are expected of them. With the onset of puberty, their lives change abruptly. They are awarded the status of fully-fledged adults. 12: Little girl wearing make it come down, to let it move traditional skirt made out of leaves down) introduces the girls not only to useful knowledge and secrets about the sexual side of life but, rather, symbolically emphasizes the strong ties of the women to the earth and the land on Lamotrek.

Moreover, the Lamotrekese customs and traditions may help the people to adapt to the living conditions of the future. These children’s grandparents experienced different colonial and/or imperial powers coming to their island, bringing news and goods and trash from nations as far away as Germany. Although they know about many other ways of leading a life in this world of humans, they wear their traditional clothes with pride, they invite the beholder of the drawings to come and catch a glimpse of their culture (some of them literally waving hands) and show no signs of rejection or fear to the outside world, even though their strength is declining (and they need walking 32 Part I aids).

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