Education and Acculturation on Malaita: An Ethnography of Intraethnic and Interethnic Affinities

Page, James S. (1988) Education and Acculturation on Malaita: An Ethnography of Intraethnic and Interethnic Affinities. The Journal of Intercultural Studies, 15/16, pp. 74-81.


One of the central issues in educational anthropology is the changing nature of intraethnic and interethnic conflict and relationships. Conventional modernization theory suggests that the acculturation process will tend to diminish traditional allegiances and affinities. There are, however, indications that the opposite may occur. This essay reports on research into this issue undertaken on Malaita, in the Solomon Islands. The research method was sociometric and involved examination of the ethnic identity and affinities of individuals within the Malaitan language-groups, namely, the AreAre, Baegu, Baelelea, Dorio, Fataleka, Kwai Island, Kwaio, Kwara’ae, Langalanga, Lau, Sa’a and To’abaita language-groups. From this, I draw some conclusions on the acculturation process on Malaita, as well as what individuals in mass societies might learn from such language-group societies.

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ID Code: 3566
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Malaita, Solomon Islands, language, groups, AreAre, Baegu, Baelelau, Dorio, Fataleka, Kwai Island, Kwaio, Kwara'ae, Langalanga, Lau, Sa'a, To'abaita, interethnic, intraethnic, cultural transmission, ethnicity, ethnic conflict, ethnic identity, positive sentiment preference, sociometry, sociometric, group allegiances, group cleavages, heterophilia, homophilia, boundary maintenance, politicized ethnicity, revitalization, modernization, counter, modernization, outmigration, Su'u School
ISSN: 0388-0508
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1988 Kansai Gadai University
Deposited On: 20 Feb 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:30

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