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The persistence of chiefly power and its implications for law and political organization in Western Polynesia

Powles, Guy


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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Date published: 1979
Type: Thesis (PhD)
DOI: 10.25911/5d74e1d07aeec


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