Chiefly authority has been exercised in Western Polynesia for
at least 2,000 years. This thesis examines the transformation of chiefly
power from its origin to the present-day function it exercises as a
constituent element of the political and legal framework of the state.
Western Samoa and Tonga are the focus for this study of the interaction
of indigenous and introduced elements of politics and law.
The approach is necessarily interdisciplinary , and the study
commences with a...[Show more]
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