The anthropological work presented here deals with the cultural identity people project onto certain places in Lamotrek. My research is a part of a project supported by the Volkswagen Foundation on “Person, Space and Memory in the Contemporary Pacific” under the leadership of Professor Dr. Jürg Wassmann (Heidelberg University). In our interdisciplinary project, researchers from the field of cultural anthropology and also from related disciplines, such as, psychology, linguistics and geography have covered various aspects of which the following only represent a small selection: How do ethnopsychologies change under the effects of globalisation? How do differentiated experiences of the globalised world and multi-local cultures affect ideas of personhood and belonging? These questions have a special significance for Lamotrek because the traditionally mobile Micronesians very quickly become adaptive to new cultural spaces. The influences on their own society are correspondingly great as will become evident in my work.
KeywordsCultural Knowledge Repertory Grid Free Listing Outer Island Cognitive Method
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