Dr. Matsuda is a professor of history at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 08901–1108.
“THIS TERRITORY WAS NOT EMPTY”: PACIFIC POSSIBILITIES
Article first published online: 21 APR 2010
2007 American Geographical Society
Volume 97, Issue 2, pages 230–243, April 2007
How to Cite
MATSUDA, M. K. (2007), “THIS TERRITORY WAS NOT EMPTY”: PACIFIC POSSIBILITIES. Geographical Review, 97: 230–243. doi: 10.1111/j.1931-0846.2007.tb00400.x
- Issue published online: 21 APR 2010
- Article first published online: 21 APR 2010
- Pacific Ocean;
ABSTRACT. Narratives concerning Pacific Ocean territories are often historically derived from European and American mainland visions of great, empty oceans dotted with deserted and uninhabited islands. However, research by indigenous and outlander scholars, along with struggles for political and cultural autonomy in the Pacific, has brought attention to vital island communities and 6has raised questions about a Pacific-island way of understanding the world. This understanding is traced through scholarly and artistic engagements with history, island-community studies, and navigational philosophies and is framed by a growing theoretical literature on epistemologies of place from the disciplines of geography and oceanography.