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Consuming Ocean Island

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Table of Contents

Prelude: Three Global Stories Acknowledgments Notes on Orthography and Geography Part I. Phosphate Pasts 1. The Little Rock That Feeds 2. Stories of P 3. Land from the Sea Part II. Mine/lands 4. Remembering Ocean Island 5. Land from the Sky 6. Interlude: Another Visit to Ocean Island 7. E Kawa te aba: The Trials of the Ocean Islanders 8. Remix: Our Sea of Phosphate (photo essay) Part III. Between Our Islands 9. Interlude: Coming Home to Fiji 10. Between Rabi and Banaba Coda Ocean Island/Banaba Timeline Notes Bibliography

About the Author

Katerina Martina Teaiwa is Head of the Department of Gender, Media and Cultural Studies and Pacific Studies Convener in the College of Asia and the Pacific at the Australian National University. Born and raised in the Fiji Islands, she is of Banaban, I-Kiribati, and African American heritage.


Teaiwa deals with the great sense of betrayal, loss, and displacement indigenous Banabans suffered through as well as the harsh physical toll decades of excessive mining has taken on the land. With a justified sense of outrage, Teaiwa educates her audience without alienating it, laying bare the consequences of reaping such a natural bounty at the expense of others. * Publishers Weekly * A detailed ethnography of Banaba undertaken by a researcher who hails from this 'very, very small island' . . . is an example of reflectivity and insightful scholarship. This is not a book to be taken lightly, but rather should be suggested to anyone with an interest in material culture, globalization, and post-colonial and ecological studies. * Antipode * Teaiwa displays artfully the powerful potential of interdisciplinarity as an approach toward gaining a richer and deeper understanding of Pacific pasts and peoples. * The Contemporary Pacific * Recommended. * Choice * By bringing gritty ethnographic detail, an omnivorous approach to sources, and surprising narrative innovations to bear on such topics, Teaiwa's book moves the social history of Earth's biogeochemical cycles into fertile new terrain. * The Journal of Pacific History *

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