The Macmillan Brown Lectures
2007 - Contemporary Pacific
9:01 AM. The Globalisation of the Village. The consequences of the recent movements of people on the organisation of Pacific societies. Pacific societies were once considered somewhat remote and isolated: relatively few people came and went and the societies remained relatively untouched. Incoming people were embraced and incorporated. But the increasing volume and character of movement has rapidly changed that. Escalating emigration, immigration and constant movement links societies such as Samoa into a global village with all its consequences. This movement has also globalised the village and fundamentally transformed its character.
9:02 AM. A Tale of Two Ways : ideas and transformation. The ways in which ideas are transforming the worldviews and lifestyles of the Pacific societies. Pacific societies were changed early, and fundamentally, by such ideas as Christianity and commerce but these were appropriated and managed by leaders in Pacific societies. The influences of new global discourses, generated beyond the Pacific and inextricably connected with trade and aid, are not so easily resisted or controlled. These ideas are also transforming the village and its traditions. The lecture considered some recent examples and explore their impacts.
9:03 AM. A Tale of Two Mats: technology and transformation. The ways in which new technologies are transforming the worldviews and lifestyles of Pacific societies. Pacific societies were changed early, and fundamentally, by a number of bureaucratic and production technologies but these were appropriated and controlled by leaders in Pacific societies. The impact of new technologies which are increasingly available and ever cheaper, are not as easily resisted or controlled. The lecture considered some recent examples of the impact of new technologies on the organisation of national and village society and explore their impacts.