The imaging of Samoa in illustrated magazines and serial encyclopaedia in the early 20th century

Quanchi, Max (2000) The imaging of Samoa in illustrated magazines and serial encyclopaedia in the early 20th century. In 15th Pacific History Association Conference, NUS, Samoa, December 2000, Apai, Samoa. (Unpublished)


The orthodox view is that Samoa, a popular subject with magazine editors, postcard suppliers, photography studios and travelogue writers at the beginning of the 20th C, was imaged in simple dichotomies of life-in-nature against life-in-the-city and an archaic past against a modern present with a suggestion of capitalist economic expansion and paternal colonial development. Samoa was therefore imaged in “a few manageable and marketable clichés. These clichés consistently presented Samoans as primitive types inhabiting an unchanging Eden that did not participate in the Western world of technology, progress and time.‿ But the “Samoa‿ found in the public domain of profusely illustrated magazines and serial encyclopedia the visual record from 1900 to 1940 challenges these academic categorizations.

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ID Code: 544
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
Keywords: Samoa, History, Photography, Pacific Islands
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > VISUAL ARTS AND CRAFTS (190500) > Lens-based Practice (190503)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY (210000) > HISTORICAL STUDIES (210300) > Pacific History (excl. New Zealand and Maori) (210313)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Centre for Social Change Research
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2000 (Please consult author)
Deposited On: 09 Nov 2004 00:00
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2012 09:44

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