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Receiving and integrating : the other side of insular mobility. A comparative approach for Melanesia and Polynesia.

Abstract : Translocal relations are a meaningful trait of the socio-cosmic dimension of Oceanian societies. The latter integrate the utmost importance of external relations which are constitutive of the way island societies conceive and organise themselves. Receiving and integrating groups and people, exchange relations, marriage alliances are integral parts of their dynamics, lives and reproduction. I present the work in process realized with D. Monnerie, pursuing an approach which stresses two often neglected aspects of these dynamics: (i) the positioning of the receiving party with its implications for the dynamics of voyaging, arriving and integrating; (ii) the ceremonial procedures which elaborate relations during arrivals and receptions, reordering pre-existing configurations. The perspective is not to oppose two types of societies and practices (Polynesian en Melanesian ones), instead we deal with them together and in fine we stress their similarities. We deal with the ceremonial form of arrivals and receptions, the status of arriving/strange entities and especially the dyadic organisation of these ceremonies with two groups facing each other performing ceremonial sequences involving the circulation of objects and speeches, with a shared meal eventually knotting the relations which have thus been elaborated.
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Sophie Chave-Dartoen. Receiving and integrating : the other side of insular mobility. A comparative approach for Melanesia and Polynesia.. 18th Congress of the International Union of the Prehistoric and Protohistoric Sciences (UISPP) Session XXXVIII-1 Mobility and networks in Oceania : archaeological and ethno-historical approaches, International Union of the Prehistoric and Protohistoric Sciences (UISPP), Jun 2018, Paris, France. ⟨halshs-02483227⟩

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