By Niko Besnier
During this research Niko Besnier analyzes the transformation of the Polynesian neighborhood of Nukulaelae from a nonliterate right into a literate society, utilizing a modern standpoint that emphasizes literacy as a social perform embedded in a socio-cultural context. His case research, which has implications for figuring out literacy in different societies, illuminates the connection among norm and perform, among constitution and enterprise, and among crew and individual.
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Within Tuvalu, Funafuti is the most common destination of temporary and permanent migratory movements from Nukulaelae and the other outer islands of the group (Connell 1986, Wit 1980, 1984). In return, there are always a number of non-Nukulaelae Islanders in residence on the atoll at any time. They include persons with kinship and affinal ties to the community, the pastor, and a handful of government employees, including the Island Executive Officer (IEO), the Telegraph Operator, and a couple of primary-school teachers.
These enduring and nonexclusive bonds are consolidated through regular exchanges or malaga "traveling parties," which consist in large groups of individuals from one island visiting the other island for several weeks at a time. ) take place, and they usually result in several inter-island marriages and a couple of illegitimate children. A. Turner (1874:7) the following year describes the reciprocal malaga from Nukulaelae to Vaitupu, which included the Nukulaelae "king," the Samoan pastor, and twenty islanders.
Personal letters) and certain aspects of emotionality. I will show that this connection must be understood both as a material and symbolic phenomenon. In the 16 Literacy, emotion, and authority ethnographic setting described here, economic transactions with the outside world are monitored and negotiated through letters, and because economic transactions are generally understood as emotion-driven social actions, letters become mediating tools between emotions and material transactions, and the site where emotionality and economic transactions are "translated" into one another.
Literacy, Emotion and Authority: Reading and Writing on a Polynesian Atoll by Niko Besnier