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Identity and Development: Tongan Culture, Agriculture, and the Perenniality of the Gift

Identity and Development: Tongan Culture, Agriculture, and the Perenniality of the Gift

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Identity and Development: Tongan Culture, Agriculture, and the Perenniality of the Gift presents a remarkable record of Tonga's increasing participation in the modern global economy, and provides anthropologists, economists, and historians with a detailed case study that bears heavily on major issues of the day, both practically and theoretically. The book focuses on issues of identity, entrepreneurship, and the intricacies of development and addresses the question, 'How (in the current state of the economy) can a Tongan become a successful grower ?' This question is set against the background of a boom in cash cropping, sparked by a burgeoning export trade with Japan.

Identity and Development is in the tradition of the best Pacific ethnographies insofar as it describes living individuals - their specific desires and aspirations, the dilemmas they confront, the cultural ambiguities they must contend with, the constraints and incentives that guide their activities. Van der Grijp explicitly rejects the 'love of ease which wanders through. . . postmodern anthropology' and commits to a comparative perspective that presupposes a dialectic between generalities and particularities, between abstract theory on the one hand, and case studies on the other. The book is a superb example of what this entails.