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Tahitians: Mind and Experience in the Society Islands

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This seminal work in several fields—person-centered anthropology, comparative psychology, and social history—documents the inner life of the Tahitians with sensitivity and insight. At the same time Levy reveals the ways in which private and public worlds interact. Tahitians is an ethnography focused on private but culturally organized behavior resulting in a wealth of mate ...more
Paperback, 576 pages
Published August 15th 1975 by University of Chicago Press (first published December 31st 1973)
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Bob Newman
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sex, Self and Society in the South Seas

World War II had relatively little influence on the culture of Tahiti and the surrounding Society Islands of the South Pacific, unlike its effect on much of Melanesia and Micronesia, further west and north. Rather, major changes began in the early 1960s, when France decided to conduct nuclear tests in the area. This decision, with massive transfers of money, technology, and personnel, had "an explosive effect" on Tahitian culture. Levy conducted
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Bob
Jun 30, 2009 rated it liked it
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Levy's purpose was to describe "what it felt like" to be a traditional Tahitian and he achieves this somewhat. You get a feeling for childhood and adolescence, but much less for adulthood (particularly for men's work.) The traditional culture here is plainly dying, and his informants seem to realize it, but there is little discussion of this. The book was most interesting to me for its "psychological" approach to culture -- ways in which our basic socializing experiences are reflected in dreams, ...more
James
Feb 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
The most sensitive anthropological account of village life in Tahiti. Will take you to another world.
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