Politics of Indigeneity in the South Pacific

ab 15,90 

Erich Kolig ; Hermann Mückler (Eds.)

Recent problems of identity in Oceania

ISBN 978-3-8258-5915-0
Band-Nr. 1
Jahr 2002
Seiten 192
Bindung broschiert
Reihe Novara – Beiträge zur Pazifik-Forschung/Contributions to Research on the Pacific


This book contributes to a field of growing interest in socio-
political and anthropological circles: indigeneity as a form of
selfrepresentation and resistance against existing forms of state
dominance. Developments in indigenous minorities over recent
decades in the interpretation of their own traditional history as a
source of self-confidence form the core of the discussion. Revival
of tradition, re-tribalization and the loss of confidence in national
governments are causing increasing problems. The South Pacific
(including Australia) is on the eve of a new era: the 21st
Century is
opening chances to overcome deep-rooted obstacles and
prejudices. At the same time, dangers are emerging in societies
where democratic values are often interpreted by indigenous
groups as foreign influences which should be replaced by
traditional modes of representation. With examples drawn from
Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and New Caledonia, the book
provides a comprehensive overview of a region in transition.

Michael Goldsmith,
Erich Kolig,
Jaqueline Leckie,
Hai B. Levine,
Kenneth Maddock,
Hermann Mückler,
Marie Pineau-Salaün,
Toon van Meijl

Hermann Mückler, Prof. am Institut für
Ethnologie, Kultur- und Sozialanthropologie der Universität

Erich Kolig, Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology an der
University of Otago/Neuseeland.