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Sacred Queens and Women of Consequence Rank, Gender and Colonialism in the Hawaiian Islands

by Jocelyn Linnekin

Part of the Women & Culture Series

Sacred Queens and Women of Consequence Rank, Gender and Colonialism in the Hawaiian Islands Synopsis

Sacred Queens and Women of Consequence is a pathbreaking examination of the contact encounter in Hawaii from the perspective of Hawaiian women. Jocelyn Linnekin offers a reconstruction of Hawaiian women's authority and status before contact with the West and examines changes in their cultural valuation and social position during the first century of Western contact. Through a detailed analysis of women's roles in exchange, production, kinship, and politics during the political and economic transformations of the nineteenth century, Linnekin challenges the view that Polynesian women were doomed to a peripheral status by the ritual logic of pollution. She demonstrates how Hawaiian women maintained their position as points of access to land and power, while frequently resisting the constraints of the tabu system as well as later Western-influenced attempts to abridge their authority. This book is a unique and important contribution to the scholarship on Hawaiian history as well as to the growing literature on women and colonialism and women and social stratification. It will appeal to scholars and students who work in the areas of gender studies, social stratification, cultural change, Oceania, and historical anthropology.

Sacred Queens and Women of Consequence Rank, Gender and Colonialism in the Hawaiian Islands Press Reviews

. . . offers a nuanced analysis of the colonial transformations of gender and colonization and is an important case study for Pacific historical anthropology. --American Ethnologist

Book Information

ISBN: 9780472064236
Publication date: 31st July 1990
Author: Jocelyn Linnekin
Publisher: The University of Michigan Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 308 pages
Categories: History,

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