Book Series
NOVARA - Beiträge zur Pazifikforschung
NOVARA - Contributions to Research on the Pacific

Series General Editor:
Hermann Mückler (Mueckler)
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3 Migration Happens
Reasons, Effects and Opportunities of Migration in the South Pacific.
Katarina Ferro / Margot Wallner (eds.)
Publisher: LIT Verlag, Wien/Münster, for
Österreichisch-Südpazifische Gesellschaft. (OSPG)
Distributed in the USA/UK: Transaction Publisher,
New Brunswick/London
194 pages; published: 2006
Vol. 4 of  "Novara-Beiträge zur Pazifikforschung
Novara-Contributions to Research on the Pacific"
paperback, english, price: 19,90 Euro (17,90 USD;
12,00 BPound)
ISBN : 3-8258-6998-9
 
 
Migration happens. Migration is a global phenomenon that did not just emerge in the 21st century. It is perceived by many as a constant source of problems and threats. This notion is propagated by politicians, among others, who use migrants for to further their own political ideologies. Due to economic and security developments globally, migration is beset by increasing ethnical conflicts and restrictive immigration policies. This in turn creates heightened difficulties for migrants. But it also generates new life situations, shapes lives and reshapes identities. The region of the South-Pacific is no exception. Considering conflicts in recent years, the issue of migration in this area exemplifies the contestation over migration.
This book provides an overview on migration issues in the South Pacific. Issues such as gender, the historical aspects and the history of migration in the Pacific, migration and conflicts, challenges for second generation migrants as well as the situation of Indians after the coup in Fiji are addressed in this volume of the NOVARA - Contributions of Research in the Pacific.

Contributors:
Richard Bedford, John Connell, Deborah Gough, Elsie Ho, Cluny Macpherson, Grant McCall, Manoranjan Mohanty, Hermann Mückler, Vijay Naidu, Deborah Oxley, Parvati Raghuram, Mahendra Reddy, Carmen Voigt-Graf




Prelude to Empire
Consuls, Missionary Kingdoms, and the
Pre-Colonial South Seas
Seen through the Life of William Thomas Pritchard.

Andrew E. Robson
Publisher: LIT Verlag, Hamburg, for
Österreichisch-Südpazifische Gesellschaft. (OSPG)
Distributed in the USA/UK: Transaction Publisher,
New Brunswick/London
206 pages; published: 2004
Vol. 3 (new series) of
"Novara-Beiträge zur Pazifikforschung
Novara-Contributions to Research on the Pacific"
paperback, english, price: 19,90 Euro (17,90 USD;
12,00 BPound)
ISBN: 3-8258-6999-7
 
 
Prelude to Empire is more than a biography. It tells the story of William Pritchard, who was born in Tahiti of missionary parents in 1829, who was given extraordinary power by Fijian chiefs, who changed Fijian history, and who was tried and dismissed by a British government in a gross miscarriage of justice. Drawing extensively on letters, memoranda and memoirs written by those involved, it also paints a picture of an extraordinary time when the people of Polynesia and the West were getting used to dealing with each other but when most of Polynesia remained self-governing. The region was in a fascinating state of flux in which political outcomes remained uncertain, populations declined quite dramatically, introduced technology radically affected the way wars were fought, and a new religion was gradually embraced. Chiefs and foreigners used each other to their own advantage, but relations were not scarred by the rigidities and attitudes of the later colonial period.
William Pritchard's first wife was Samoan, and her identity is revealed in this book, as is the previously untold story of his relations with missionaries, chiefs, and officials in London, some of whom conspired to bring him down. Pritchard's adventurous life had more than its share of travails and sadness, but his life in Tahiti, Samoa and Fiji tells us much about an extraordinary period of Pacific history.


Gender and Power in the Pacific
Women's Strategies in a World of Change.
Katarina Ferro / Margit Wolfsberger (eds.)
Publisher: LIT Verlag, Hamburg, for
Österreichisch-Südpazifische Gesellschaft. (OSPG)
Distributed in the USA/UK: Transaction Publisher,
New Brunswick/London
241 pages; published: 2003
Vol. 2 (new series) of
"Novara-Beiträge zur Pazifikforschung
Novara-Contributions to Research on the Pacific"
paperback, german/english, price: 20,90 Euro (18,45 USD; 12,75 BPound)
ISBN : 3-8258-6710-2

 
 
Women from the Pacific Islands are often perceived by Europeans as passive beauties dancing the hula with a flower in their hair, as docile companions of European or local men or as naive personalities surrounded by an endangered environment. But far from that male Western reception of women's status, which can be found in documentaries, motion pictures as well as travel and adventure literature, women are active and resolute agents who self-confidently shape their societies through their courageous and determined acting in public as well as in their communities. The current volume of Novara - Contributions to Research on the Pacific wants to deliver insights into the lives of women from the Pacific Islands and shows how they deal with shifting gender relations in changing societies. Traditions and adjustment processes to changing living conditions of women and men in Papua New Guinea, Palau and New Zealand present fascinating research fields, which open up the view to new living models apart from Western gender concepts.

Contributors: Christine Binder-Fritz, Helene Connor, Gerit Gönitzer, Berit Gustafsson, Gabriele Habinger, Claudia Lauterbach, Gabriele Stuerzenhofecker


Politics of Indigeneity in the South Pacifc
Recent Problems of Identity in Oceania.
Erich Kolig / Hermann Mückler (eds.)
Publisher: LIT Verlag, Hamburg, for
Österreichisch-Südpazifische Gesellschaft. (OSPG)
Distributed in the USA/UK: Transaction Publisher,
New Brunswick/London
186 pages; published: 2002
Vol. 1 (new series) of  
"Novara-Beiträge zur Pazifikforschung
Novara-Contributions to Research on the Pacific"
paperback, english, price: 20,90 Euro (18,45 USD;
12,75 BPound)
ISBN : 3-8258-6710-0
 
 
This book contributes to a field of growing interest in socio- political and anthropological circles: indigeneity as a form of selfrepresentation and resistance against existing forms of state dominance. Developments in indigenous minorities over recent decades in the interpretation of their own traditional history as a source of self-confidence form the core of the discussion. Revival of tradition, re-tribalization and the loss of confidence in national governments are causing increasing problems. The South Pacific (including Australia) is on the eve of a new era: the 21st Century is opening chances to overcome deep-rooted obstacles and prejudices. At the same time, dangers are emerging in societies where democratic values are often interpreted by indigenous groups as foreign influences which should be replaced by traditional modes of representation. With examples drawn from Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and New Caledonia, the book provides a comprehensive overview of a region in transition.

Contributors: Michael Goldsmith, Erich Kolig, Jaqueline Leckie, Hai B. Levine, Kenneth Maddock, Hermann Mückler, Marie Pineau-Salaün, Toon van Meijl


Österreicher im Pazifik II
Hermann Mückler (Hrsg.)
Mit Beiträgen von:
Bade, Kolig, Mückler, Riedl-Dorn, Stoffel
Schütz-Müller, Theye, Wernhart

Publisher: Österreichisch-Südpazifische Gesellschaft (OSPG)
(Austrian South Pacific Society),
Vol 2 of "Novara-Mitteilungen der OSPG"
199 pages, 14 photos; paperback; bibliographies
published 1999, deutsch, price: 14 Euro (12,30 USD; 20.70 sFr)
ISBN 3-9500765-1-4
 
 
 
Österreicher im Pazifik I
Hermann Mückler (Hrsg.)
Mit Beiträgen von:
Felix-Zemlicka, Kolig, Mückler, Sauer,
Stockinger, Schütz-Müller, Wernhart

Publisher: Österreichisch-Südpazifische Gesellschaft (OSPG)
(Austrian South Pacific Society),
Vol 1 of "Novara-Mitteilungen der OSPG"
172 pages, paperback; bibliographies
published 1998, deutsch, price: 14 Euro (12,30 USD; 20.70 sFr)
ISBN 3-9500765-0-6
 
 
 
Erstaunlich vielfältig sind die Anknüpfungspunkte, die Österreich mit den Inseln des Pazifiks und deren Menschen verbinden. Die Tatsache, dass es nur wenige globale österreichische maritime Unternehmungen in der Monarchie gab (die wichtigste davon war die Weltumseglung des Schiffes NOVARA in den Jahren 1857-1859) und das Land heute den Zugang zum Meer gänzlich verloren hat, kann nicht darüber hinweg-täuschen, dass es in Geschichte und Gegenwart bedeutende Leistungen Einzelner gegeben hat, die pazifische Inselwelt zu bereisen und zu erforschen. Dieser Umstand spiegelt sich auch in den Spuren wider, die an manchen Orten der Südsee deutlich sichtbar sind.
Diese beiden Bände einer neuen Serie, greifen exemplarisch einige persönliche Schicksale sowie Ereignisrahmen auf und beleuchten Leistungen, Rahmenbedingungen und Konsequenzen des Kontaktes von österreichischen Forschern und Reisenden mit Menschen und Kulturen des Südpazifiks aus ethnologischer, historischer und journalistischer Sicht.



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