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Ocean nets: the maintenance and dissolution of an Indigenous small world-system in West Polynesia

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dc.contributor.author Sutherland, Gabrielle
dc.date.accessioned 2015-08-14T21:42:17Z
dc.date.available 2015-08-14T21:42:17Z
dc.date.copyright 2015 en_US
dc.date.issued 2015-08-14
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/6452
dc.description.abstract This thesis is an application of the theory and method of the comparative world-systems approach to West Polynesia. This study examines the interactions between the archipelagos of Tonga, Fiji, and Samoa during the period between 1770 and 1870, that include the exchange in prestige valuables, military/political interactions, and marriages. Using the nested interaction net model of Chase-Dunn and Hall, this thesis analyzes the interactions in order to determine whether the interactions display systemic properties, that is to say whether the interactions are important in the social reproduction in each of the particular societal units of the region. The archival evidence shows that the region was an indigenous world-system, whereby interactions served to maintain the stability of the system, which then as a result of European involvement in the region resulted in an increase of Tongan political domination, before the entire system was broken up and governed by different colonial powers. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.subject West Polynesia en_US
dc.subject Tonga en_US
dc.subject Fiji en_US
dc.subject Samoa en_US
dc.subject Comparative World-Systems Theory en_US
dc.title Ocean nets: the maintenance and dissolution of an Indigenous small world-system in West Polynesia en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Morgan, R. Christopher
dc.degree.department Department of Pacific and Asian Studies en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US


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