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Title   Becoming Tongan an Ethnography of Childhood 

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Author   MORTON H  ISBN   9780824817954  Add to shopping cart   
Publisher   University of Hawaii Press  Group   New Zealand View shopping cart
Binding   Paperback Category   Pacific  Terms and conditions
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Publication Year   1996 
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Synopsis In this first detailed account of growing up in Tonga, Helen Morton focuses on the influence of anga fakatonga ("the Tongan way") in all facets of Tongan childhood, from the antenatal period to late adolescence. Childhood is a crucial period when cultural identity and notions of tradition are constructed, as well as beliefs about self, personhood, and emotion. Based on her anthropological fieldwork and her experiences in Tonga over several years, Morton traces the Tongan socialization process--from being vale (ignorant, socially incompetent) to becoming poto (clever, socially competent)--in fascinating detail. The socialization of emotion is also given detailed attention, especially the management of anger and emphasis on emotional restraint.

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