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Melanesian elites and modern politics in New Caledonia and Vanuatu

Wittersheim, Eric


Much research has been conducted into the processes of ‘invention of tradition’ and ‘construction of national identity’ in Melanesia often focusing on the opposition between tradition and modernity. Oppositions like local versus national, rural versus urban, traditional versus westernised or authenticity versus inauthenticity have been emphasised; sometimes with reason, sometimes not. Even if many researchers no longer take for granted such analytical frameworks, lots of areas remain...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Dept. of Pacific Affairs (DPA) formerly State, Society and Governance in Melanesia (SSGM) Program
Date published: 1998
Type: Working/Technical Paper


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