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173 Suggested Reading Exploring Themes in the Chapters Chapter 1 The treatment of bureaucracy in the second section of this chapter was adapted from my article “Why Our Government Offices Don’t Work,” Micronesian Counselor 22 (May 1998). This and other issues of Micronesian Counselor can be found on the Micronesian Seminar website: www.micsem.org. Chapter 2 Kinship terms such as “lineage” and “clan” can be formidable for anyone who has not had formal training in anthropology. For a brief and simple summary of the forms the family took in the main island groups in Micronesia, you might wish to try my presentation in The New Shape of Old Island Cultures (Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, 2001), 8–12. The book goes on to discuss briefly the ways in which the family changed and the reasons for these changes. For those who want to venture further, I would suggest the much fuller and more technical treatment offered by Mac Marshall in “‘Partial Connections ’?: Kinship and Social Organization in Micronesia,” a chapter in American Anthropology in Micronesia: An Assessment, edited by Robert Kiste and Mac Marshall (Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, 1999), 107–143. For a readable overview of the topic, you might try Roger Keesing, Kin Groups and Social Structure (New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1975). Suicide is a problem that has bedeviled the islands for the past forty years. For more on the subject see Hezel, “Truk Suicide Epidemic 174 Suggested Reading and Social Change,” Human Organization 46, no. 4 (1987): 283–291; Hezel, “Suicide and the Micronesian Family,” Contemporary Pacific 1, no. 1 (1989): 43–74; and Donald Rubinstein, “Epidemic Suicide Among Micronesian Adolescents,” Social Science Medicine 17, no. 10 (1983): 657–665. These works document the high rate among youth, especially among young males, and attempt to offer explanations for the frequency of suicide in the islands since the 1970s. Land tenure and inheritance is another of those cultural labyrinths in which an outsider can get hopelessly lost. For this reason, those who want to push on into this field would do well to take small steps forward. You might begin with the chapter on land in my book, The New Shape of Old Island Cultures, 33–45. Chapter 3 For an extended discussion of the growth of individualism in the islands, see my article “The Cult of the Individual,” Micronesian Counselor 65 (January 2007). Like other issues of this publication, it can be found on the MicSem website: www.micsem.org. Traditional chiefly authority is treated in “A Hibiscus in the Wind: The Chief and His People,” Micronesian Counselor 20 (December 1997). For a more extended treatment of the subject, you might refer to my earlier work The New Shape of Old Island Cultures, 121–126. Those who are especially interested in the topic would do well to consult Geoffrey White and Lamont Lindstrom, Chiefs Today: Traditional Pacific Leadership and the Postcolonial State (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1997). The introduction of the ballot and its effects on Micronesian island society is treated in my article “Island Politics,” Micronesian Counselor 67 (May 2007). The disconnect between human rights theory and Pacific Island thinking is a problem that has yet to be seriously addressed, in my opinion. I’ve tried to take up this issue in the article “In Search of a Talking Point on Human Rights,” Humanidat 3, no. 1 (1995): 111– 116. The article can be found on the MicSem website. Chapter 4 One of the clearest examples of social capital in the islands I’ve come across is presented in the article by Glenn Petersen, “Redistribu- Suggested Reading 175 tion in a Micronesian Commercial Economy,” Oceania 57 (1986): 83–98. For those interested in more on the impact of the cash economy on island culture, you might start with my article “The Cultural Revolution of the 60’s,” Micronesian Counselor 73 (September 2008). The spread of the cash economy, moreover, is the central theme in The New Shape of Old Island Cultures. Chapter 5 The island understanding of how information is to be shared as well as the conflicts that arise between this understanding and the access to public information is explored in my article “Peeking into the Public Process,” Micronesian Counselor 54 (January 2005). On the MicSem website is also a summary of a public discussion on the same topic under the title “Freedom of Information: Who Has a Right to What?” (MicSem Monthly Discussion Topic #14, May 17...