Chiefs: Sense of Belonging versus Power and Politics

  • Simonne Pauwels CREDO, France
Keywords: Pacific, chiefs, belonging, Micronesia, Fiji, Solomon Islands

Abstract

As a guideline to reading the articles of the thematic section “Chiefs of the Pacific,” this introduction suggests differentiating sacred chiefs and secular chiefs, understanding them respectively as a person receiving respect and supplying blessings in a hierarchical order and as the same person (or another) when the context changes to attribute political and/or economic power to them and put them at the summit of a social stratification. The four articles illustrate how this distinction became particularly useful after colonization.

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How to Cite
Pauwels, S. (1). Chiefs: Sense of Belonging versus Power and Politics. Anthropologica, 61(2), 183-199. https://doi.org/10.3138/anth.2018-0027
Section
Thematic Section: Chiefs of the Pacific