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State Absence and State Formation in Solomon Islands: Reflections on Agency, Scale and Hybridity

Allen, Matthew; Dinnen, Sinclair


This article engages ethnographic research on perceptions of disputation, justice and security in rural Solomon Islands to reflect on issues of agency, power and scale in areas of limited statehood. Set against widespread popular perceptions of state retreat in Solomon Islands, the authors situate their study within the literature which addresses engagements with conflict-affected and fragile countries and, in particular, literature with an interest in the spaces created by prolonged state...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
Source: Development and Change
DOI: 10.1111/dech.12212


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