Pacific Youth

Pacific Youth

Local and Global Futures

Edited by: Helen Lee orcid

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Pacific populations are becoming younger and this ‘youth bulge’ is often perceived as a dangerous precursor to civil unrest. Yet young people are also a valuable resource holding exciting potential for the future of island nations. Addressing these conflicting views of youth, this volume presents ethnographic case studies of young people from across the Pacific and the diaspora. Moving beyond the typical focus on ‘youth problems’ in reports by Pacific governments and development agencies, the authors examine the highly diverse lives and perspectives of young people in urban and rural locations. They celebrate the contributions of youth to their communities while examining the challenges they face. The case studies explore the impacts of profound local and global changes and cover a wide sweep of youth experiences across themes of education, employment and economic inequalities, political and civil engagement, and migration and the diaspora.

Contributors to this volume bring many decades of experience of research with Pacific people as well as fresh perspectives from early career and graduate researchers. Most are anthropologists and their chapters contribute to the interdisciplinary fields of youth studies and Pacific studies, offering thought-provoking insights into the possibilities for Pacific youth as they face uncertain futures.


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Oct 2019
ANU Press
Pacific Series
Social Sciences: Anthropology

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  1. Pacific Youth, Local and Global (PDF, 0.2MB)Helen Lee and Aidan Craney doi
  2. Flexibility, Possibility and the Paradoxes of the Present: Tongan Youth Moving into the Future (PDF, 0.2MB)Mary K Good doi
  3. Economic Changes and the Unequal Lives of Young People among the Wampar in Papua New Guinea (PDF, 0.2MB)Doris Bacalzo doi
  4. ‘Things Still Fall Apart’: A Political Economy Analysis of State—Youth Engagement in Honiara, Solomon Islands (PDF, 0.2MB)Daniel Evans doi
  5. The New Nobility: Tonga’s Young Traditional Leaders (PDF, 0.2MB)Helen Lee doi
  6. Youth Leadership in Fiji and Solomon Islands: Creating Opportunities for Civic Engagement (PDF, 0.2MB)Aidan Craney doi
  7. Entrepreneurship and Social Action Among Youth in American Sāmoa (PDF, 0.2MB)Aaron John Robarts Ferguson doi
  8. Youth’s Displaced Aggression in Rural Papua New Guinea (PDF, 0.8MB)Imelda Ambelye doi
  9. From Drunken Demeanour to Doping: Shifting Parameters of Maturation among Marshall Islanders (PDF, 0.2MB)Laurence Marshall Carucci doi
  10. Understanding Childhood in the Micronesian Diaspora by Linking Home Island Lives to Post-Migration Experiences (PDF, 1.3MB)Mary L Spencer doi
  11. Young Pacific Male Athletes’ Experiences of Mental Wellbeing in Elite Rugby Union and Rugby League (PDF, 0.2MB)Caleb Marsters and Jemaima Tiatia-Seath doi
  12. Temporary Futures, Permanent Constraints: Wellbeing of Pasifika Youth in Australia (PDF, 0.2MB)Lila Moosad doi

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