Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College


Anthropology 285. Peoples and Cultures of the Pacific

The island cultures of the Pacific respresent a dazzling array of social, political and economic styles, as well as a set of puzzling questions as they undergo rapid social changes in the 21st century. Some of the classic debates in anthropological scholarship will be considered, including: the origins of the inhabitants, the reasons for local warfare, ritual cannibalism, institutionalized homosexuality and exchange without money. We will also examine current debates about economic development, migration, environmental threats, political movements for integration and independence, the impact of tourism and the Western media, new religious movements, and language revivalism.