MicSem Special Features

MicSem By Category: SOCIAL ISSUES

Micronesian Counselors

Effects of Modernization on Three Areas of Island Life

Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Modernization poses difficult choices for people, especially regarding gender equality, fairness to those outside the family, and balance of concern between the household and the extended family.

February 26, 1991 CULTURAL SOCIAL ISSUES

Child Abuse and Neglect in Micronesia

Mariano N. Marcus

Report on a study of child abuse and neglect in Chuuk, Pohnpei, Yap and Palau.

February 26, 1991 SOCIAL ISSUES

Chuuk's Violence: Then and Now

Innocente I. Oneisom

The pattern of homicide in Chuuk has changed over a century: today more of the violence is done against family members.

February 26, 1991 SOCIAL ISSUES

Culture in Crisis: Trends in the Pacific Today

Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Review of problem areas in the Pacific resulting from social change.

February 26, 1993 CULTURAL SOCIAL ISSUES

Kokan: Youthful Female Runaways in the Marshalls

Dennis T.P. Keene

Report on a study of young Marshallese women who left their families to become prostitutes.

February 26, 1992 SOCIAL ISSUES

Neglect, Physical Abuse, and Sexual Molestation in Palau

Richard Shewman

Report on a study of physical and sexual abuse in Palauan families.

February 26, 1992 SOCIAL ISSUES

Youth Drinking in Micronesia

Francis X. Hezel, SJ

The rise of alcohol use among the young and its effects on society

Youth Drinking in MicronesiaFebruary 26, 1992 ALCOHOL & DRUGS SOCIAL ISSUES

Social Isolation, Cultural Competence, and Disability in the Carolines

Mac Marshall

How physical disability is understood and dealt with in the islands.

February 26, 1994 CULTURAL HEALTH SOCIAL ISSUES

Drugs in Micronesia

Jay Dobbin

Selection of articles on marijuana in Chuuk, gas sniffing in Chuuk, and ice use in CNMI.

June 1991 (MC #03)February 26, 1996 ALCOHOL & DRUGS SOCIAL ISSUES

Anthropology's Contribution to Social Problems Research in Micronesia

Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Anthropologists’ attempts to situate social problems in the context of cultural change.

February 26, 1995 SOCIAL ISSUES

A Leap Into the Unknown

Augustine Kohler and Eugenia Samuel

Reviews the problems that Micronesian emigrants face when moving to the US for jobs and education.

February 26, 2024 MIGRATION SOCIAL ISSUES

The Silent Cry For Help: Spouse Abuse in Micronesia

Eugenia Samuel

Description of the extent of wife-beating today and how cultural changes have given rise to it.

February 26, 2024 SOCIAL ISSUES

Too Young To Be Mothers

Eugenia Samuel

A study of teenage pregnancy throughout Micronesia.

February 26, 2024 SOCIAL ISSUES

How Tough Was Your Dad?

Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Explores the change in family dynamics and its impact on the growing suicide rate in the islands.

February 26, 2024 FAMILY CHANGE SOCIAL ISSUES

The Cult of the Individual

Francis X. Hezel, SJ

As in America, the individual is being liberated from kin and community in Micronesia.

February 26, 2024 SOCIAL ISSUES

Homosexuality in Micronesia

Major Scott Nicloy

A frank discussion of the problems faced by gays and lesbians in the islands.

February 26, 2024 SOCIAL ISSUES

Spiritual Abuse

Major Scott Nicloy

A clergyman reports on how church leaders can take advantage of their flock.

February 26, 2024 RELIGION SOCIAL ISSUES

Call to Arms: Micronesians in the Military

Francis X. Hezel, SJ

What is the strong appeal of the US military to island youth, and how do they fare when they join?

February 26, 2024 SOCIAL ISSUES

Video Listings

At Home While Away

Tom Frink

October 31, 2023 MIGRATION SOCIAL ISSUES

Heart But No Home

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

January 07, 2023 SOCIAL ISSUES

Reflections on Anger

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

May 20, 2019 CULTURAL SOCIAL ISSUES

Too High

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

May 20, 2019 ALCOHOL & DRUGS SOCIAL ISSUES

Can We Talk, Mom?

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

May 20, 2019 FAMILY CHANGE SOCIAL ISSUES

Youth Today: How Can We Help?

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

May 20, 2019 RELIGION SOCIAL ISSUES

Ready for What?

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

May 20, 2019 ENVIRONMENT SOCIAL ISSUES

You Are Not Alone

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

May 20, 2019 JUSTICE & LAW SOCIAL ISSUES

Ashes To Ashes

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

May 20, 2019 HEALTH SOCIAL ISSUES

Chasing the Dream

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

May 20, 2019 HEALTH SOCIAL ISSUES

talks

Cultural Survival

Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Presentation at University of the South Pacific, Fiji

February 26, 1991 CULTURAL SOCIAL ISSUES

Unmaking the Micronesian Family

Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Talk to the Youth Services Network, Guam

February 26, 1990 ECONOMICS FAMILY CHANGE SOCIAL ISSUES

Social Changes in the CNMI

Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Presentation on Saipan

February 26, 1998 CULTURAL SOCIAL ISSUES

Modernization in Micronesia

Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Presentation on Guam

February 26, 2024 FAMILY CHANGE LAND ISSUES SOCIAL ISSUES

Micronesian Milieu--Myths and Facts about Change Today

Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Catholic Church workshop

February 26, 2024 FAMILY CHANGE LAND ISSUES SOCIAL ISSUES

Mental Illness in Micronesia

Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Presentation at the Interagency Conference on Childhood, Palau

February 26, 1996 HEALTH SOCIAL ISSUES

Globalization--Its Impact on Oceania

Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Presentation at Catholic conference

February 26, 2024 ECONOMICS SOCIAL ISSUES

Globalization Presentation at JDA

Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Presentation at JDA in Suva, Fiji

February 26, 2024 ECONOMICS SOCIAL ISSUES

Cultural Dilemmas in Development

Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Presentation at East-West Center, Hawaii

February 26, 2024 CULTURAL JUSTICE & LAW SOCIAL ISSUES

Can You Really Do It All By Yourselves

Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Presentation at Guam Social Workers Conference

February 26, 2024 FAMILY CHANGE SOCIAL ISSUES

A Close-up Look at What's Happening in Paradise

Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Presentation at University of Hawaii

February 26, 2024 CULTURAL SOCIAL ISSUES

Micsem Discussion

Population Pressure and The Church's Response

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

Does rapid population growth in Chuuk warrant a serious attempt to limit family size?

April 08, 1989 RELIGION SOCIAL ISSUES

Population Policy for FSM

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

Discussion of the need for a population policy and the strong cultural forces against limiting family size.

October 18, 1995 GOVERNMENT SOCIAL ISSUES

PUC: Friend or Enemy?

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

Discussion of a recent decision by Pohnpei Utilities Corporation to raise power and water rates.

January 24, 1996 GOVERNMENT SOCIAL ISSUES

Casino Gambling: Should it Be Allowed?

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

The pros and cons of legalizing casino gambling to stimulate development on Pohnpei.

September 06, 1995 GOVERNMENT SOCIAL ISSUES

Freedom of Information: Who Has a Right to What?

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

Freedom of press can provide important information to the public, but it can also do social damage in a Pacific society.

May 17, 1995 CULTURAL JUSTICE & LAW SOCIAL ISSUES

Domestic Violence in Micronesia

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

With the breakdown of social mechanisms that once protected women, new means of protecting them from harm will have to be found.

November 30, 1994 CULTURAL GOVERNMENT SOCIAL ISSUES

Women's Role in Micronesia: Then and Now

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

Many of the traditional roles of women have eroded with modernization, raising the question of how adjustments can be made.

March 08, 1994 CULTURAL GOVERNMENT SOCIAL ISSUES

Books

Making Sense of Micronesia

Francis X. Hezel S.J.

Why are islanders so lavishly generous with food and material possessions but so guarded with information? Why do these people, unfailingly polite for the most part, laugh openly when others embarrass themselves? What does a smile mean to an islander? Making Sense of Micronesia is intended for westerners who find themselves in contact with Micronesians—as teachers, social workers, health-care providers, or simply as friends—and are puzzled by their island ways. It is for anyone struggling to make sense of cultural exchanges they don’t quite understand.

February 26, 2024 CULTURAL SOCIAL ISSUES

articles

Distribution of Spirit Possession and Trance in Micronesia

Francis X. Hezel, SJ, with Jay Dobbin

Maps the history of spirit possession and trance throughout the region.

Pacific Studies. Vol. 19, No. 2, June 1996: 105-148. February 26, 1996 SOCIAL ISSUES

Possession and Trance in Chuuk

Francis X. Hezel, SJ, with Jay Dobbin

Traces the evolution of spirit possession in Chuuk from planned to spontaneous, while showing the changes in how possession functions.

Isla. Vol. 3, No. 1, Rainy Season 1995: 73-104. February 26, 1995 SOCIAL ISSUES

Spirit Possession in Chuuk: A Socio-Cultural Interpretation

Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Explains Chuukese spirit possession as a cultural strategy for dealing with family problems.

Journal of the Pacific Society, Vol 17, No 1 (June 1994), 1-10. February 26, 1992 SOCIAL ISSUES

The Effects of Modernization on Three Areas of Island Life

Francis X. Hezel, SJ

Modernization imposes difficult choices, especially regarding gender equality, fairness to those outside the family, and balance of concern between the household and the extended family.

The Ethics of Development: The Pacific in the 21st Century, Edited by Susan Stratigos and Philip Hughes, Port Moresby: UPNG Press, 1987: 60-74. Also published in: Journal of the Pacific Society, No. 34, April 1987: 10-20; No. 54, April 1992: 39-47. February 26, 1987 SOCIAL ISSUES

The Anthropologist and Social Problems in Micronesia

Francis X. Hezel, SJ

The articles lists six major social problems that could profitably be researched by anthropologists.

Unpublished. 1978. February 26, 1978 SOCIAL ISSUES

American Anthropology's Contribution to Social Problems Research in Micronesia

Francis X. Hezel, S.J.

Review of the contribution of American anthropologists to research on social problems in Micronesia.

American Anthropology in Micronesia, by Kiste & Marshall, Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1999: 301-326. February 26, 1999 SOCIAL ISSUES