Politics of Indigeneity in the South Pacific

Novara Band 3 – Politics of Indigeneity in the South Pacific.

Recent Problems of Identity in Oceania.

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 schould 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.


  1. Erich Kolig – Introduction: Cultural Revival, the Construction of Indigeneity, and the World- System.
  2. Kenneth Maddock – Revival, Renaissance, and the Meaning of Modern Constructions in Australia.
  3. Toon van Meijl – Culture and Crisis in Maori Society: The Tradition of Other and the Displacement of Self.
  4. Hal B. Levine – The Maori Iwi – Contested Meanings in Contemporary Aotearoa / New Zealand.
  5. Michael Goldsmith – Maori Assertions of Indigeneity, Post-Colonial Traumatic Stress…
  6. Erich Kolig – Guardians of Nature or Ecologists of the Stomach ? The indigenous cultural revival in New Zealand, resource use and nature conservation.
  7. Jacqueline Leckie – Return to Nukulau: the troubled waters of ethno-nationalism in Fiji.
  8. Hermann Mückler – Back to the chessboard: The coup and the re-emergence of pre-colonial rivalry in Fiji.
  9. Marie Pineau-Salaun – Kanak culture versus French curriculum: towards a multicultural education in New Caledonia?