From sugar cane to swords: Hope and the extensibility of the gift in Fiji

Hirokazu Miyazaki

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    Abstract

    Hope has recently emerged as an important subject of inquiry in anthropology and social theory. This article examines the hope entailed in efforts to extend aspects of gift-giving to various other social and theoretical projects. I identify and contrast two different kinds of hope found in these efforts, which I will call 'hope in an end' and 'hope in the means'. The discussion focuses on two extensions of indigenous Fijian gift-giving: John D. Kelly and Martha Kaplan's recent analysis of Indo-Fijian sugar cane farmers' 'gift' of cane to an indigenous Fijian high chief in 1944; and the Fiji government Ministry of Tourism's efforts in the mid-1990s to train indigenous Fijian souvenir traders in a properly 'Fijian' manner of engagement with tourists. With this contrast, I argue that 'hope in an end' occludes 'hope in the means'.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)277-295
    JournalJournal of the Royal Anthropological Institute
    Volume11
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2005

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