First published in 1992. The Pacific Ocean is the largest geographical feature on the face of the earth, covering about one third of its entire surface. Occupying part of that large expanse are the far-flung islands of the Pacific. As the papers of this volume clearly indicate, the post-world war II era and decolonization have brought unprecedented change, and the Pacific is now experiencing problems that were formerly associated with other Third World nations. Most Pacific countries have rapidly expanding populations, and over half of all Pacific Islanders are now in their teenage years or younger. Education and modern communications have served to increase aspirations and attracted by hopes of employment and the distractions of urban life, islanders are gravitating to urban centers.
Preface, Acknowledgements, Maps, Chapter 1: Introduction: Social Change as the Projection of Discourse, MELANESIA, Chapter 2: Papua New Guinea: Changing Relations of Production, Chapter 3: New Caledonia: Social Change, Political Change and Tradition in a Settler Colony, Chapter 4: Social Change in Vanuatu, Chapter 5: Social Change and the Survival of Neo-Tradition in Fiji, MICRONESIA, Chapter 6: The Expensive Taste for Modernity: Caroline and Marshall Islands, Chapter 7: The Militarization of Guamanian Society, Chapter 8: Elements of Social Change in the Contemporary Northern Mariana Islands, Chapter 9: Kiribati: Change and Context in an Atoll World, POLYNESIA, Chapter 10: Schooling and Transformations in Samoan Social Status in Hawai'i, Chapter 11: State Formation, Development, and Social Change in Tonga, Chapter 12: French Polynesia: A Nuclear Dependency, Chapter 13: Where is Social Change in Hawai'i? The Reyn's Aloha Shirt, Chapter 14: Language and Social Change in the Pacific Islands, Chapter 15: Children's Survival in the Pacific Islands, Chapter 16: Some Concluding Thoughts on Social Change, Notes, References, Index