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The imaging of Samoa in illustrated magazines and serial encyclopaedias in the early-20th Century

Quanchi, Max (2006) The imaging of Samoa in illustrated magazines and serial encyclopaedias in the early-20th Century. The Journal of Pacific History, 41(2), pp. 207-217.

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Abstract

Drawing on English language sources and material relating to the colonial administrations of Western Samoa (now Samoa) and American Samoa, this examination of photographically illustrated serial encyclopaedias and magazines proposes an alternative historical analysis of the colonial imaging of Samoa, the most extensively covered field in Oceanic photographic studies. Though photographs published between 1890s and World War II were often `recycled', without acknowledging the fact that they were taken much earlier, and despite claims in the text of illustrated publications of an unchanged, enduring, archaic tradition in Samoa, the amazing variety of photographic content often offered contradictory evidence, depicting a modern, adaptive and progressive Samoa. Contrary to orthodox historical analysis, the images of Samoa in illustrated magazines and encyclopaedias were not limited to a small repetitive gallery of partially clothed women and costumed chiefs; and the ways in which readers understood Samoa from photographs and text raises questions still to be explored.

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ID Code: 10507
Item Type: Journal Article
DOI: 10.1080/00223340600826110
ISSN: 0022-3344
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Taylor and Francis
Copyright Statement: First published in The Journal of Pacific History, Volume 41, Issue 2 September 2006 , pages 207 - 217
Deposited On: 31 Oct 2007
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:27

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