Macmillan Brown lecture 2, 2007
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.