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By Paul Lyons


This provocative research and critique of yank representations of Oceania and Oceanians from the 19th century to the current, argues that imperial fantasies have glossed over a posh, violent heritage. It introduces the concept that of ‘American Pacificism’, a theoretical framework that pulls on modern theories of friendship, hospitality and tourism to refigure validated debates round ‘orientalism’ for an Oceanian context.



Paul Lyons explores American-Islander relatives and lines the ways that basic conceptions of Oceania were entwined within the American mind's eye. at the one hand, the Pacific islands are visible as financial and geopolitical ‘stepping stones’, instead of leads to themselves, while at the different they're seen as ends of the earth or ‘cultural limits’, unencumbered through notions of sin, antitheses to the economic worlds of monetary and political modernity. in spite of the fact that, either conceptions imprecise not just Islander cultures, but in addition leading edge responses to incursion. The islands in its place emerge when it comes to American nationwide identification, as locations for medical discovery, soul-saving and civilizing missions, manhood-testing experience, nuclear checking out and eroticized furloughs among maritime paintings and warfare.



Ranging from first touch and the colonial archive via to postcolonialism and international tourism, this thought-provoking quantity attracts upon a large, lucrative choice of literary works, historic and cultural scholarship, govt files and vacationer literature.

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