Being "nesian": Pacific islander identity in Australia

McGavin, Kirsten (2014) Being "nesian": Pacific islander identity in Australia. Contemporary Pacific, 26 1: 126-154. doi:10.1353/cp.2014.0013

Author McGavin, Kirsten
Title Being "nesian": Pacific islander identity in Australia
Journal name Contemporary Pacific   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1527-9464
Publication date 2014-01-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1353/cp.2014.0013
Volume 26
Issue 1
Start page 126
End page 154
Total pages 29
Place of publication Honolulu, United States
Publisher University of Hawaii Press
Language eng
Abstract Pacific Islanders in Australia use the terms "Islander" and "Pacific Islander" in many ways and in different circumstances to define themselves and others. Through invoking discourses including these terms, Pacific Islanders both consciously draw on "panethnicity" and subconsciously strengthen and support their localized identities. In this way, Pacific Islanders blur the ethno-cultural and sociopolitical boundaries that traditionally separate groups with connections across a diverse range of countries. Indeed, diasporic settings give rise to transna-tionalist sentiment and actions and serve to strengthen panethnic identity. Using insider and auto-anthropology and ethnographic research techniques, I draw on my experiences as an Australian of Pacific Islander descent and use examples drawn from my involvement in formalized community groups, cultural events, and social functions. In doing so, I argue that the expression of Islander and Pacific Islander identity is entwined with ideas about "race," place, stereotypes, and behavior that highlight the dynamic ethnogenesis of this group.
Keyword Australia
Insider anthropology
Pacific islanders
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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