Paradise Remade: The Politics of Culture and History in Hawaii


Elizabeth Buck


Philadelphia: Temple University Press

Available From: Temple University Press
Publication Date: 1993
ISBN: 0-87722-978-3
Binding: paper
Pages: viii, 242


". . . a thought-provoking account of the history of Hawaii's indigenous people . . . Buck uses the changing contexts of the production, practice, and meaning of the chant and hula and the later emergence of Hawaiian music to inform our understanding of the cultural and social implications of political and economic changes . . . a perceptive account of Hawaiian history, one well worth reading."

Eileen Tamura
Journal of American History

" . . . an exemplary theoretical meditation on the politics of culture and of history, embedded in a richly nuanced and evocative study of Hawaii's past . . . Her chapter on 'Transformations in Language and Power,' in which she examines language as a constitutive force, is superb . . . Buck has written a model history of cultural conflict that successfully integrates a clearly explained theoretical approach to a specific case study. This book should be read by everyone interested in cultural analysis or cultural contact."

Beth Bailey and David Farber
Barnard College
American Studies

"Buck (East-West Center) makes an important contribution to the scholarly literature on Hawaii with this well-written account of the dynamics of culture in the islands before and after European contact."

A. Arno
University of Hawaii at Manoa

"Paradise Remade is wonderfully, clearly written. It is one of the few texts I have seen in a long time that manages to convey complicated theoretical points in language accessible to undergraduates and lay people as well as to graduate students and scholars…Betty Buck has a rare gift. She reads, understands, and processes a wide array of political, philosophical, and literary theory well enough to apply the ideas to specific case, phenomena, or processes and to ask questions of that material that less theoretically informed researchers are far less likely to find interesting, or to even ask."

Virginia R. Dominguez
Professor of Anthropology
University of California-Santa Cruz