As culturally diverse, non-Western communities are drawn into the international division of labour, capitalism takes root in a number of ways. This book describes how capitalism has become a part of the lives of rural Tahitians, starting with the arrival of Westerners to the islands and detailing the nature of the transformation brought about by missionaries, merchants, and French colonisers - a transformation whose pace has accelerated with the islands' rapid modernisation and incorporation into the French welfare state. Lockwood's analysis of the impact of capitalism centres around two major themes in Third World development: the structural changes that take place in non-Western socioeconomic systems as capitalist methods of production overwhelm indigenous economic organisation; and the nature of the increasing social, economic and political subordination of women that accompanies Westernisation.
Part 1 The Structural Historical Context of Contemporary Tahitian Society: The Forces of Transformation; The Domestication of Tahitian Women; Nuclear Colony and Welfare State Colonialism. Part 2 Rural Tahitian Society and Capitalism: Constructing Linkages and Dependency; Development, Modes of Production, and Class; Women and Development in Contemporary Rural Tahitian Society. Part 4 Conclusion: Capitalism in the Future of Rural Tahitian Society.