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The Resource Tahiti beyond the postcard : power, place, and everyday life, Miriam Kahn

Tahiti beyond the postcard : power, place, and everyday life, Miriam Kahn

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Tahiti beyond the postcard : power, place, and everyday life
Title
Tahiti beyond the postcard
Title remainder
power, place, and everyday life
Statement of responsibility
Miriam Kahn
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
The "Tahiti" that most people imagine- white-sand beaches, turquoise lagoons, and beautiful women- is a product of 18th century European romanticism and persists today to serve as the bedrock of Tahiti's tourism industry. This postcard image, however, masks a different, less known reality. French Polynesia remains a colony of France in the 21st century and was the site of France's nuclear testing program for nearly thirty years. The dreams and desires, which the tourism industry promotes, distract from the medical nightmares and environmental destruction caused by nuclear testing. Tahitians see the burying of a bomb in their land as deeply offensive. For them, the land abounds with ancestral fertility and genealogical identity, providing them with a constant source of both physical and spiritual nourishment. The imagined and lived perspectives of Tahiti seem incompatible, yet are intricately intertwined in the political economy of French Polynesia. This book engages with questions about the subtle but ubiquitous ways in which power entangles itself in place-related ways. How does colonialism perpetuate and exploit these images? How can nuclear weapons testing exist in a place that is promoted as a pristine paradise? How and why is 'Tahiti' crafted by a tourism industry whose goal is to create desire? How is this imagined product embraced, ignored, or sabotaged by Tahitians? The author uses interpretive frameworks of both Tahitian and European scholars, drawing upon ethnographic details that include ancient chants, picture postcards, antinuclear protests, popular song lyrics, and the legacy of Paul Gauguin's art, to provide fresh perspectives on colonialism, tourism, imagery, and the anthropology of place. -- Back Cover
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DLC
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Kahn, Miriam
Dewey number
996.2/11
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
GN671.S55
LC item number
K34 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Culture, place, and nature
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Ethnology
  • Human geography
  • Culture and tourism
  • Geographical perception
  • Postcolonialism
  • Tahiti (French Polynesia : Island)
  • Tahiti (French Polynesia : Island)
  • France
Label
Tahiti beyond the postcard : power, place, and everyday life, Miriam Kahn
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • In the Cocoon
  • ch. Five
  • From Our Place to Their Place
  • ch. Six
  • Everyday Spaces of Resistance
  • ch. Seven
  • E Aha Atu Ra? What Will Happen?
  • Machine generated contents note:
  • ch. One
  • New Geographies in the Wake of Colonialism
  • ch. Two
  • Placentas in the Land, Bombs in the Bedrock
  • ch. Three
  • Keeping the Myth Alive
  • ch. Four
Control code
670248317
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xv, 272 pages
Isbn
9780295991016
Isbn Type
(hardback : alk. paper)
Lccn
2010043123
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)670248317
Label
Tahiti beyond the postcard : power, place, and everyday life, Miriam Kahn
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • In the Cocoon
  • ch. Five
  • From Our Place to Their Place
  • ch. Six
  • Everyday Spaces of Resistance
  • ch. Seven
  • E Aha Atu Ra? What Will Happen?
  • Machine generated contents note:
  • ch. One
  • New Geographies in the Wake of Colonialism
  • ch. Two
  • Placentas in the Land, Bombs in the Bedrock
  • ch. Three
  • Keeping the Myth Alive
  • ch. Four
Control code
670248317
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xv, 272 pages
Isbn
9780295991016
Isbn Type
(hardback : alk. paper)
Lccn
2010043123
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)670248317

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