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Tahitian Transformation

Gender and Capitalist Development in a Rural Society

Victoria S. Lockwood (author)

ISBN: 9781555873912

Publication Date: Dec 1992

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

Describes how capitalism has become a part of the lives of rural Tahitians, starting with the arrival of Westerners to the islands and detailing the nature of the transformation brought about by missionaries, merchants, and French colonisers - a transformation whose pace has accelerated.
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As culturally diverse, non-Western communities are drawn into the international division of labour, capitalism takes root in a number of ways. This book describes how capitalism has become a part of the lives of rural Tahitians, starting with the arrival of Westerners to the islands and detailing the nature of the transformation brought about by missionaries, merchants, and French colonisers - a transformation whose pace has accelerated with the islands' rapid modernisation and incorporation into the French welfare state. Lockwood's analysis of the impact of capitalism centres around two major themes in Third World development: the structural changes that take place in non-Western socioeconomic systems as capitalist methods of production overwhelm indigenous economic organisation; and the nature of the increasing social, economic and political subordination of women that accompanies Westernisation.
Illustrations Illustrations, maps
Pages 170
Date Published 31 Dec 1992
Publisher Lynne Rienner Publishers
Series Women and Change in the Developing World
Subject/s Anthropology   Gender studies, gender groups   Development economics   Economic systems & structures   National liberation & independence, post-colonialism   Colonialism & imperialism   Rural communities  
Part 1 The Structural Historical Context of Contemporary Tahitian Society: The Forces of Transformation; The Domestication of Tahitian Women; Nuclear Colony and Welfare State Colonialism. Part 2 Rural Tahitian Society and Capitalism: Constructing Linkages and Dependency; Development, Modes of Production, and Class; Women and Development in Contemporary Rural Tahitian Society. Part 4 Conclusion: Capitalism in the Future of Rural Tahitian Society.

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