Melanesia's violent environments: Towards a political ecology of conflict in the western Pacific
This paper draws upon Michael Watts's work on governable spaces and " economies of violence" in the Niger Delta (2004a,b,c) and Colin Filer's concept of the " ideology of landownership" in Papua New Guinea (1997) to explore how resource capitalism has been at the heart of violent conflict in post-colonial Melanesia. This schema of the political ecology of violence is elucidated with reference to three governable spaces - landownership, indigeneity, and nationalism; four different...[Show more]
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