Gender — culturally constructed identities, roles and sexualities for men and women — is vital to understanding the cultural kaleidoscope of the Pacific. Gender deepens understandings about how Pacific peoples were impacted by the waves of historical forces and events following the region’s incorporation into a global economy of commerce, ideologies and humanity from the sixteenth century. The Pacific’s ‘European era’ commenced along the cultural and commercial highways of Southeast and East Asia and, after the Magellan voyage, from the Americas. The frontiers of European contact continued to be forged through to the 1930s when peoples in Highland New Guinea became the last to be ushered into the European era following the intrusion of Australian gold-seekers. Through centuries of exploration and commercial contact, of resource harvesting and mining, of plantation and pastoral economies, of colonial governance and settlement, and of war and travel, gendered systems shaped Pacific history.
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