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The Fijian people before and after independence

CollectionsANU Press (1965- Present)
Title: The Fijian people before and after independence
Author(s): Lasaqa, I. Q
Publisher: Canberra ; New York : Australian National University Press
The Fijian People reviews social, economic, administrative and political change in Fijian society in the years before and after independence. These changes have been accepted, but modifications have had to be worked out within the continuing cultural values of Fijian society. As Dr Lasaqa points out the Fijian people face a number of handicaps in terms of economic development and population numbers, but they are managing to hold their own in a difficult and delicate situation. Some writers on Fiji have not been entirely understanding interpreters of Fijian needs and aspirations; they have brought to their studies outlooks and value systems not necessarily in keeping with the traditional Fijian ethos. This book is a Fijian's interpretation of life in Fiji. Although it is essentially a personal view, it tries to put this viewpoint in the broader context of Fijian social evolution and in the light of the Fijians' determination to face the challenges of the future in a non-colonial, independent and multiracial society.


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