New Lives for Old: Cultural Transformation -- Manus, 1928- 1953

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Appendix II

A LOOK AT MANUS FROM THE LEVEL OF THE UNITED NATIONS

This book has been concerned with the fate of a few thousand people on one remote island in one trust territory. Each year the Trusteeship Council of the United Nations is concerned with matters of policy which are ultimately reflected in the lives of members of villages like Peri. As the members of the Trusteeship Council deliberate, they have before them massive reports compiled as schedules, schedules which make it possible for them to make comparative statements about different trust territories. In these reports, under such headings as "Status of the Territory and its Inhabitants," "International Peace and Security, and Maintenance of Law and Order," "Economic Advancement," "Political Advancement," and "Social Advancement," the district of Manus and the Baluan Council Area appear. By contrasting the level of analysis in this book and the level possible in the report, we may arrive at one aspect of the problem of comprehension and responsible action which faces the modern world.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Plates ix
  • Preface and Acknowledgements xi
  • Geographical and Linguistic Note xix
  • 1 - Introduction 3
  • Part One 19
  • II - Arrival in Peri, 1953 21
  • III - Old Peri: An Economic Treadmill 45
  • IV - The Wider Context in 1928 70
  • V - Yesterday's Children Seen Today 103
  • VI - Roots of Change in Old Peri 138
  • Part Two 161
  • VII - The Unforeseeable: The Coming of the American Army 163
  • VIII - Paliau: The Man Who Met the Hour 188
  • IX - What Happened, 1946-1953 212
  • Part Three 243
  • X - New Peri 245
  • XI - The New Way 275
  • XII - "And Unto God the Things That Are God's" 317
  • XIII - Rage, Rhythm, and Autonomy 343
  • XIV - New Working of Old Themes 362
  • XV - The Sunday That Was Straight 386
  • XVI - Women, Sex, and Sin 399
  • XVII - Reprieve -- in Twentieth-Century Terms 411
  • XVIII - Implications for the World 435
  • Notes to Chapters 459
  • Notes to Plates 471
  • Appendix I 481
  • Appendix II 502
  • Appendix III 516
  • Appendix IV 521
  • References 529
  • Index 533
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