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Novara Band 3 – Politics of Indigeneity in the South Pacific. Recent Problems of Identity in Oceania


Erich Kolig, Hermann Mückler (Hrsg.), 2002, LIT Verlag, ISBN 3-8258-5915-0


Erich Kolig, Hermann Mückler (Hrsg.), 2002, LIT Verlag, ISBN 3-8258-5915-0

This book contributes to a field of growing interest in sociopolitical and anthropological circles: indigeneity as a form of selfrepresentation and resistance against existing forms of state dominance. Developments in indigenous minorities over recent decades in the interpretation of their own traditional history as a source of self-confidence form the core of the discussion: Revival of tradition, retribalization and the loss of confidence in national governments are causing increasing problems. The South Pacific (including Australia) is on the eve of a new era: the 21st Century is opening changes to overcome deep-rooted obstacles an prejudices. At the same time, dangers are emerging in societies where democratic values are often interpreted by indigenous groups as foreign influences which should be replaced by traditional modes of representation. With examples drawn from Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and New Caledonia, the book provides a comprehensive overview of a region in transition.