By Peter Rudiak-Gould
The Marshall Islands, an archipelago of low-lying coral atolls in Micronesia, have by no means been a simple position to outlive. the long run will convey new problems: sea point upward thrust and different results of worldwide weather swap may possibly render the full nation uninhabitable in the lifetimes of its population. This booklet examines neighborhood interpretations of this doomsday prophecy, weaving into this tale comparable issues corresponding to Marshallese notions of the nice lifestyles, narratives of cultural switch, attitudes in the direction of americans and international scientists, and perceptions of lingering radiation from nuclear checking out. It contains a transcript of the author's interview with the President of the Marshall Islands relating to weather switch, in addition to an appendix providing sensible suggestion to activists who desire to advertise expertise and edition in groups at risk of weather swap. The research relies upon ethnographic fieldwork in 2007 together with interviews within the Marshallese language, in addition to the author's event as a volunteer instructor in a rural Marshallese neighborhood from 2003 to 2004.
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