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dc.contributor.advisorReilly, Michael P. J.
dc.contributor.advisorSchaaf, R. Michelle
dc.contributor.authorLameta, Malia Ellen Mamele
dc.date.available2015-07-29T01:14:32Z
dc.date.copyright2015
dc.identifier.citationLameta, M. E. M. (2015). ‘I Am The Apple Of My Brother’s Eye’ : An investigation into the evolving roles of Samoan women with particular reference to religion and gender relations (Thesis, Master of Arts). University of Otago. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/5814en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10523/5814
dc.description.abstractWhat does it mean to be a Samoan woman? The following thesis addresses this question by exploring the lived experiences of Samoan women with particular reference to religion and gender relations. Adopting an inter-disciplinary approach, it sheds light on the tenacity of socio-cultural and political factors that influence women’s roles and status. In particular, this research explores how Samoan women navigate the differing and often contradicting worlds of culture, Christianity, family, education, politics and gender. Information for this research was obtained through a series of interviews and literature analysis of primary and secondary sources. It has been the aim of this thesis to prove, not only to myself, but to those with a background and understanding similar to my own, that we, as women, are not inferior within Samoan culture. The participants’ words have been integrated throughout this thesis from Chapter One so as to emphasise and give stength to the voice of Samoan women. This thesis is centred on the inspiration and aspiration of these women and as a result, their testimonies have been brought alongside the literature as opposed to being supplementary. Women’s roles as sisters, wives and daughters are explored and the question is posed whether their cultural importance and status has been diminished by the influence of Christianity. From the evolution of women’s roles, to the changing meanings of the feagaiga, from the arrival of Christianity to the present day, women within Samoan society play a role that is imperative to the proper function of families, villages, districts and nation. The arrival of Christianity has not stripped us of our traditional importance but has increased and expanded our roles. We, Samoan women, are not oppressed, we are not suppressed; we have a voice, a place and dreams.
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dc.publisherUniversity of Otago
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dc.subjectSamoa
dc.subjectCulture
dc.subjectReligion
dc.subjectTradition
dc.subjectChristianity
dc.subjectFeagaiga
dc.subjectPolitics
dc.subjectWomen
dc.subjectMythology
dc.subjectHistory
dc.subjectGender Roles
dc.subjectFamily
dc.subjectEducation
dc.title“I Am The Apple Of My Brother’s Eye” : An investigation into the evolving roles of Samoan women with particular reference to religion and gender relations
dc.typeThesis
dc.date.updated2015-07-28T23:44:56Z
dc.language.rfc3066en
thesis.degree.disciplineTe Tumu; School of Maori, Pacific & Indigenous Studies
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Arts
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Otago
thesis.degree.levelMasters
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otago.openaccessOpen
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