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Contested Paradise: Dispossession and Repossession in Hawai'i

Jolly, Margaret


Perhaps of all the archipelagos of the Pacific imagined by Euro-Americans as "paradisiacal," Hawai'i has been the most "possessed" by an unusually harmonious combination of Christian, capitalist, and imperial agents of the United States. The notion of paradise, rooted in Zoroastrian and Judeo-Christian imaginaries, projected ideas of the harmony and beauty of a primordial state. But just as Christians saw darkness harbored in the Garden of Eden, so did the imperial occupation of Hawai'i usher...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2018
Type: Journal article
Source: The Contemporary Pacific
DOI: 10.1353/cp.2018.0031


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