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Rachel E.   Smith

Postdoctoral Fellow
Stanford University (United States)
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Member of
European Society for Oceanists (ESfO)
Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania (ASAO)
Geographic administrative areas
Shefa (Vanuatu)
Geographic places
Historical periods
The Colonial time
20th century
21st century
Indigenous languages
Lamenu, Bislama
  • PhD Research (2011 to 2016)
    The Goal of the Good House: Seasonal Work and Seeking a Good Life in Lamen and Lamen Bay, Epi, Vanuatu — University of Manchester/ESRC (UK)
    This thesis is an ethnographic study of a rural community in central Vanuatu, many of whom have been engaged as seasonal workers in New Zealand and Australia’s horticultural industries since 2008. Based on sixteen months’ ethnographic fieldwork divided between Lamen Island and Lamen Bay, Epi, I examine why people choose to leave their home to engage in often-difficult work and seasonal absences, in order to build a ‘good house’ and ‘good life’ at home.This thesis contributes to the regional anthropology of kinship and ritual, as well as wider understandings of temporary migration and development theory and policy.
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