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Lady Friends
Author: Karen L. Ito

ISBN: 9780801499395
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 16 June 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.91 x 15.49 x 1.14
Description:
Many indigenous Hawaiians who have moved to the islands' cities languish at the bottom of the socioeconomic scale and are thought to have lost their cultural roots. Initially apolitical urban Hawaiians were often skeptical of activists who sought to revitalize traditional ways; yet, as Karen L. Ito shows, Hawaiian women in particular continue to maintain and express crucial aspects of their cultural heritage in their lifestyle and interactions with others.

Ito conducted intensive fieldwork with six Honolulu families, all of which shared the distinguishing characteristics of Hawaii's matrifocaI society. In her close examination of the friendships and family relations among the women in these households, she focuses on the significance of a traditional manner of speech known as "talk story" which they use when conversing together. She describes how her subjects employ metaphoric Language to address issues concerning responsibility, retribution, understandings of self and personhood, and methods for conflict resolution. For these "lady friends, " Ito finds, the emotional quality and quantity of their social relationships help define personal identity while ...

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