Politics of Indigeneity in the South Pacific

Erich Kolig, Hermann Mückler (eds.)

Politics of Indigeneity in the South Pacific

Recent Problems of Identity in Oceania

Band 3 Novara / Band 1 der Reihe Novara – Beiträge zur Pazifik-Forschung
Hamburg: Lit-Verlag, 2002
Distributed in the USA/UK: Transaction Publisher, New Brunswick/London
186 pp., ISBN-10: 3-8258-5915-0; ISBN-13: 978-3825859152, € 24,90

This book contributes to a field of growing interest in socio-political and anthropological circles: indigeneity as a from 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 (includign Australia) is on the eve of a new era: the 21st century is opening chances to overcome deeprooted obstacles and prejudices. At the same time, dangers are emeriging 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. Constributors: Michael Goldsmith, Erich Kolig, Jaqueline Leckie, Hal B. LEvine, Kenneth Maddock, Hermann Mückler, Marie Pineau-Salaün and Toon van Meijl.