Landing points: on multiple dwelling€ 3.00
Tree trunks are used to make foundation posts for huts, as well as boats. Being simultaneously rooted and travelling, practicing forms of ‘indigenous cosmopolitism’: the inhabitants of Oceania knew how to reconcile these apparent contradictions. In pre-colonial times, oceanic routes were marked by landing points, islands on which one had the right to be received and fed as a guest, and today the new cities (Port Vila in Vanuatu and Nouméa in New Caledonia) are landing points for scattered island communities. Urban homes offer hospitality to relatives and neighbours seeking hospital treatment, schooling or a shopping trip. Be they new or traditional, the homes in Oceania still maintain a manifold function today: the home is an itinerary, more than a place. What do these Oceanian forms of multiple dwelling teach us about the types of nomadism that characterise contemporary Western lifestyle?
Adriano Favole is deputy director for Research at the Department for Culture, Politics and Society at the University of Turin and teaches Cultural Anthropology, Culture and Power. He has lectured at the Universities of Milan, Genoa and Bologna and in New Caledonia. He has travelled and conducted research in Futuna (western Polynesia), New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Australia and in La Réunion (Indian Ocean). His main areas of study are political anthropology, anthropology of the body and anthropology of heritage. He writes regularly for the newspaper Corriere della Sera’s cultural insert, La lettura. His publications include: La palma del potere (Il Segnalibro, 2000); Isole nella corrente (La ricerca folklorica, Grafo, 2007); Resti di umanità. Vita sociale del corpo dopo la morte (2003); Oceania. Isole di creativity culturale (2010) and La bussola dell’antropologo (2015), both published by Laterza; Vie di fuga. Otto passi per uscire dalla propria cultura (UTET, Dialoghi sull’uomo, 2018).