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The Asian side of the world : Editorials on Asia and the Pacific 2002-2011

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ISBN: 9782271122223 DOI: 10.4000/books.editionscnrs.12420 Language: English
Publisher: CNRS Éditions
Subject: Political Science
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Asia and the Pacific, an immense region, both new and old, in which two thirds of the world lives. A region of superlatives, exceptions, China, continually facing disasters and risks from its past, India, a continent of its own, Japan, archipelago of the future. It is a region that is attracting global growth and becoming the centre of the world. Who could have predicted that the GDP of Asia and the Pacific would be equal to that of the European Union? And what will tomorrow bring? This compilation gives an overview of Asia's world, bringing together roughly a hundred texts written by researchers and specialists and that have been published on Asia and the Pacific Network's website (CNRS/FMSH) between 2002 and 2011. These works covering the humanities and social science recount the past, tell us of the future and illustrate the complexity of Asia and the Pacific through its flaws, strengths and challenges. They reveal the profound roots and depth of the dynamism of these new powers that could soon take over the future of humanity. Numerous researchers and academics specialising in contemporary Asia and the Pacific are bringing into light many aspects of this great and inevitable shift in the world.

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Fisheries in the Pacific : The challenges of governance and sustainability

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ISBN: 9782956398165 DOI: 10.4000/books.pacific.395 Language: English
Publisher: pacific-credo Publications
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Fisheries in the Pacific: The Challenges of Governance and Sustainability is a multidisciplinary book, which examines various aspects of coastal and oceanic fisheries in Pacific waters. These interrelated fisheries sectors are critical for regional food security and also represent a reserve of food resources for the rest of the world. The introduction and eight chapters highlight that both these sectors raise major economic and ecological issues while revealing significant social changes, political asymmetries and alliances, geostrategic rationales, developments in legislation, customary dynamics, and conservation challenges. Through complementary approaches and interpretations of both quantitative and qualitative data, this book aims to contribute to a better understanding of the current situation of fisheries in the Pacific. It also responds to the compelling need to establish a constructive and ongoing dialogue on the matter between social scientists and environmental scientists, based in Europe and in the Pacific Islands, and between these experts and the various stakeholders and policy-making institutions involved in the Pacific region.

Kago, Kastom and Kalja: The Study of Indigenous Movements in Melanesia Today

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ISBN: 9782956398127 DOI: 10.4000/books.pacific.149 Language: English
Publisher: pacific-credo Publications
Subject: History
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This volume, bringing together six ethnographic papers and an epilogue first presented at ASAO sessions in 2009 (Santa Cruz) and 2010 (Alexandria), includes a wealth of ethnographic and historical information on a topic of enduring interest in Pacific studies and anthropology: cargo cults. These fascinating social phenomena undoubtedly have ongoing relevance for ethnographies of Melanesia. In this collection of papers, we learn about the history of the concept itself as well as how contemporary movements articulate world views, political awareness, material desires and even criticism of the now globalized concept of cargo cult itself. The chapters offer remarkable stories of cult activities and interesting arguments about the entanglement of Western desire for both cargo and cults with these Melanesian visions of how to create a prosperous future for themselves.

Les dynamiques religieuses dans le pacifique : Formes et figures contemporaines de la spiritualité océanienne

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ISBN: 9782956398103 DOI: 10.4000/books.pacific.111 Language: French
Publisher: pacific-credo Publications
Subject: Social Sciences
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Christianisée à partir du XIXe siècle, l’Océanie est aujourd’hui le théâtre de phénomènes religieux d’une extrême diversité, ce qui soulève deux séries d’interrogations. La première porte sur les raisons, les formes et les effets de cette transformation majeure que fut la conversion au christianisme des populations locales. La seconde concerne la nature du changement culturel impliqué dans la conversion : s’agit-il d’un mélange, plus ou moins homogène, plus ou moins stable, de deux systèmes religieux ou, au contraire, d’une rupture brutale et profonde avec la société précédente ? Ou encore d’un autre type de recomposition entre deux systèmes d’interprétation du monde, dont il convient de comprendre et d’analyser les modalités ? S’y ajoute le problème du cadre d’analyse dans lequel étudier la conversion et donc le rapport que ces populations entretiennent avec leur passé. Celui-ci doit-il être placé dans la continuité supposée d’une société ou, au contraire, n’est-il pas plus pertinent de questionner une telle perspective, trop souvent considérée comme allant de soi ? Cependant, si l’on postule d’emblée la discontinuité du rapport au passé et si l’on fait l’économie du discours autochtone sur la permanence culturelle, ne risque-t-on pas de passer à côté de ce que pensent, disent et font les populations lorsqu’elles transforment en continuités les discontinuités de leur propre histoire ? Enfin, étant donné l’extrême diversité des formes d’imposition et d’appropriation du christianisme et des modes de mutation religieuse autochtone, quel(s) modèle(s) d’analyse peut-on mettre en œuvre pour comprendre l’ensemble des transformations induites par ces phénomènes ? C’est à ces problématiques que se confrontent les auteurs des textes réunis ici. Anthropologues ou historiens, ils ont tous, et parfois depuis plusieurs décennies, accompli des recherches de terrain au sein des sociétés océaniennes, aujourd’hui en pleine mutation.

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