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ERIC Number: ED383590
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Pages: 31
Abstractor: N/A
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The July Festival in the Marquesan Islands: Social Mechanisms Delimiting Youth and Adulthood.
Martini, Mary
This research paper describes various aspects of the 12-day July Festival and period of preparation for it in one valley on the island of 'Ua Pou, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia. This case study is of a well-delineated cultural event which exemplifies many themes presented in "Patterns of Social Interaction and Concepts of Interpersonal-Relating at Different Life-Stages in the Marquesas Islands." This July Festival is considered to be "of/for/by the young people" and is seen as a period in which the culturally valued aesthetic qualities of youth are put on display. These qualities include beauty, grace, sexual display, and skills in dancing and singing. This is a period of extreme social complexity and visibility during which social definition of work and life stage characteristics are explored and judged as appropriate or inappropriate. It is a time of both social experimentation and social stabilization. (EH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: French Polynesia