By David Damas
In Bountiful Island a huge Arctic pupil turns his eye on Micronesia: the small and remoted atoll of Pingelap in Micronesia lies in a damp climatic belt which inspires ample flora, together with such foodstuff vegetation as coconuts, breadfruit and taro. during this targeted exam of land-tenure practices within the atoll, David Damas argues that the ensuing excessive point of subsistence has introduced a diffusion of the inhabitants which has placed nice pressures on land. below those pressures, land tenure has moved from communal utilization to lineage regulate, to person possession and transmission rights. Comparative fabric from neighbouring Mwaekil atoll exhibits a similar normal succession from higher to smaller devices of tenure with expanding inhabitants. whereas regulate of land through family teams is common within the Pacific, different atoll societies convey examples of person tenure which additionally relate to alterations in inhabitants densities.
next depopulation and emigration haven't altered the basics of the land-tenure process yet have resulted in the emergence of a trend of land stewardship. This has led to imbalances among the holdings of resident cultivators and people of absentee landowners.
Comparative fabric from neighbouring Mwaekil atoll shows an analogous common succession from higher to smaller devices of tenure with expanding inhabitants. whereas keep an eye on of land by means of family members teams is common within the Pacific, different atoll societies convey examples of person tenure which additionally relate to adjustments in inhabitants densities.
Bountiful Island might be of curiosity to all anthropologists learning cross-cultural comparisons within the thought of land-tenure practices and the ethnology, social anthropology and ethnohistory of Micronesia. This publication can also be appropriate for senior undergraduate and graduate classes in cultural ecology and zone classes at the Pacific.