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Keywords:

  • Island studies;
  • Margaret Mead;
  • Samoa;
  • identity;
  • externality;
  • islandness

ABSTRACT

This paper presents insights into the emerging academic field of ‘island studies’, defined as the interdisciplinary study of islands on their own terms. This exposé is undertaken in two ways: conceptually, by means of a critical and judicious review of the literature across a number of disciplines; and analytically in relation to what is probably the most popular scholarly piece of non-fiction based on an island society written to date –Coming of Age in Samoa by Margaret Mead.