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Steadfast Movement around Micronesia Book 
Steadfast Movement Around Micronesia
examines how people from Chuuk State in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) move about and their cultural interpretations of movement itself. Special consideration is made of movement on the atoll of Satowan in Chuuk State as associated with clan, lineage, and locality, as well as the influence of a system of local beliefs and attitudes based on combinations of age, marital status, and childbirth.






“Bautista’s study of the movements of the people of Satowan Atoll in Micronesia is a valuable addition to our understanding of the complex drivers of human mobility. It demonstrates the value of combining insights from theories of circular migration and transnationalism to provide models of movement which better reflect the ways in which cultures and political economy interact in movement decisions. Its rich ethnography demonstrates the value of understanding how actors understand movement; why they employ opportunities to move at various times in their lives and the pattern of their movements.” –Cluny Macpherson, Massey University, New Zealand

“This is a rich, powerful, and evocative analysis of the patterns of movement of people from a small, remote coral atoll to urbanized islands in the Western Pacific and beyond. Lola Quan Bautista provides a detailed sociological interpretation of the relationships between people, social space, and movement as well as the cultural meanings of mobility and both proper and improper behavior. A solid contribution to contemporary theorizing about transnationalism and circular mobility, Steadfast Movement gives voice to insider views about moving or staying. It is especially timely since the movement of Micronesians to the U.S. and its territories continues to expand.” –Craig Severance, University of Hawaii, Hilo

“Bautista brings ethnographic richness and theoretical insights to migration studies by describing Satowan Islanders both in their home community and at destinations away from home and analyzing Satowan migration from the perspective of cultural concepts of social mobility and space, household, kinship, and life cycle. Enlarging upon writings on transnationalism and circular mobility, Steadfast Movement makes important contributions to our understanding of migration, gender, cultural identity, and globalization in the contemporary Pacific.” –Don Rubinstein, University of Guam

“The underlying and timely theoretical question of Steadfast Movement around Micronesia is how cultures integrate and interpret mobility on their own terms. In Micronesia, where societies are commonly matrilineal—that is, social, political, and economic life and identity are focused foremost on female lines of descent, their land holdings, and named homesites—it seems that women stay and men move to provide labor for their own and their wives’ lineages and clans. Altogether, Bautista argues, the question of mobility has been obscured by anthropologists’ depictions of these small island societies as being immobile. Consequently, this book provides us with an invaluable case study of how people from Chuuk move about, and their cultural interpretations of movement itself.” –Manuel Rauchholz, University of Guam
Read the full review: The Contemporary Pacific Journal

“While reading Lola Quan Bautista’s Steadfast Movement Around Micronesia:Satowan Enlargements beyond Migration, I fondly recalled travelling throughout Micronesia on small planes. Many of my fellow travellers, who represented diverse “Micronesians,” had the survive-any-hurricane, massively taped Styrofoam coolers, filled with only-to-be-wondered-at goodies. Or bags upon bags of fast food that filled the plane with that McDonalds french fry smell—all off-island food treasures for people back “home.” I understood at the time that what I was witnessing was practice steeped in cultural ideas of reciprocity, the social-cultural value of food, and the interconnections between other places, maybe between “homes” of the moment and their natal islands. However, I never really understood the profound relational work these gifts, and indeed the Islanders’ movements themselves, were doing until I read this work by Bautista.” –Laurel A. Monning, Wright State University
Read the full review: Pacific Affairs

“The author of this timely book is one of a new generation of Pacific Islander scholars trained in the United States. When she returned home to her native island of Guam in the summer following her first year of college at Washington State University to help her father work in his cucumber farm, she discovered that he had hired a number of young men from Chuuk (Federated States of Micronesia or FSM) as farm laborers. They had come to Guam seeking employment soon after the Compact of Free Association was signed between the FSM and the USA in 1986. Quan Bautista worked alongside these young men all that summer
harvesting, packing, and delivering cucumbers to Guam’s large tourist hotels and small groceries and the summer’s experience piqued her curiosity about her co-workers’ home islands. She decided to major in Sociology at Washington State and when it came time to select a topic for her senior undergraduate thesis she chose to conduct a small field research project on alcohol consumption in Chuuk during 1989. For her visit she was sponsored by a prominent local businessman and politician and his family from Lukunor Atoll, Raymond Setik, and she became a pwiipwi ‘created sibling’ with one of Setik’s daughters.” –Mac Marshall
Read the full review: Pacific Asia Inquiry

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