Graeme Were

in Lines That Connect

Published by University of Hawaii Press

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780824833848
Published online November 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780824870454

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This chapter explores the formation, management, and transmission of pattern as it is incarnated in social processes in the Pacific. It does so through an investigation of how pattern becomes internalized at a young age and is made visible publicly and transmitted within various social contexts. In returning to the Nalik-speaking area of northern New Ireland, the chapter aims to shed light, through an ethnographic account, on pattern as a social process as it is constituted over time, to provide a better understanding of why pattern has always had such a dynamic and enduring role in the Pacific. Rather than view patterns simply as illustrations of mathematical knowledge, the chapter moves towards an understanding of the associative nature of sets of numerical and spatial relations that forge connections between the mental and material aspects of social experience in an attempt to contribute to emerging debates on the mathematical mind as it surfaces in the process of making, doing, and learning.

Keywords: pattern; social process; Nalik; New Ireland; Pacific; social experience

Chapter.  10726 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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