False Divides

False Divides

While we may talk back to the empire, we can’t talk to each other.

Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa is the great ocean continent. While it is common to understand the ocean as something that divides land, for those Indigenous to the Pacific or the Moana, it was traditionally a connector and an ancestor.

Imperialism in the Moana, however, created false divides between islands and separated their peoples. In this BWB Text, Lana Lopesi argues that globalising technologies and the adaptability of Moana peoples are now turning the ocean back into the unifying continent that it once was.

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Table of contents

Mihi 7
Preface 9
Introduction 11
1. Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa, The Great Continent 22
2. False Divides: Parting the Moana 34
3. Becoming Global: Moana Peoples as Commuting Cultures 56
4. Double-Edged Sword: Moana Peoples Online 75
5. High-Speed Nets and Webs: A Contemporary Oceania 92
Conclusion 98
Glossary 105
Endnotes 106
Acknowledgements 113
About the Author 114
About BWB Texts 115

Print publication:
Ebook publication: Sep 2018
Pages: 120
RRP: $14.99
ISBN: 9781988533858
DOI: 10.7810/9781988533858

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