By David Damas
In Bountiful Island a tremendous Arctic pupil turns his eye on Micronesia: the small and remoted atoll of Pingelap in Micronesia lies in a humid climatic belt which inspires ample vegetation, together with such meals crops as coconuts, breadfruit and taro. during this special exam of land-tenure practices within the atoll, David Damas argues that the ensuing excessive point of subsistence has introduced a ramification of the inhabitants which has placed nice pressures on land. lower than those pressures, land tenure has moved from communal utilization to lineage regulate, to person possession and transmission rights. Comparative fabric from neighbouring Mwaekil atoll shows an identical common succession from greater to smaller devices of tenure with expanding inhabitants. whereas keep watch over of land by means of kinfolk teams is common within the Pacific, different atoll societies convey examples of person tenure which additionally relate to adjustments in inhabitants densities.
next depopulation and emigration haven't altered the basics of the land-tenure method yet have ended in the emergence of a development of land stewardship. This has ended in imbalances among the holdings of resident cultivators and people of absentee landowners.
Comparative fabric from neighbouring Mwaekil atoll shows an identical normal succession from greater to smaller devices of tenure with expanding inhabitants. whereas keep an eye on of land via family members teams is common within the Pacific, different atoll societies express examples of person tenure which additionally relate to adjustments in inhabitants densities.
Bountiful Island should be of curiosity to all anthropologists learning cross-cultural comparisons within the conception of land-tenure practices and the ethnology, social anthropology and ethnohistory of Micronesia. This e-book can also be appropriate for senior undergraduate and graduate classes in cultural ecology and region classes at the Pacific.
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