Pacific Series

The Pacific Islands region is home to an astonishing variety of languages, cultures and histories. The Pacific series constitutes a major source of modern scholarship on this region through books that range from history and anthropology to political science, gender studies and environmental studies. The islands of Melanesia are a particular focus, but the Pacific series also publishes ground-breaking research on Polynesia and Micronesia. 

Please note: The following list of titles is sorted by publication date, with the most recent first.

A Doctor Across Borders »

Raphael Cilento and public health from empire to the United Nations

Publication date: February 2019

In his day, Raphael Cilento was one of the most prominent and controversial figures in Australian medicine.


The Promise of Prosperity  »

Visions of the Future in Timor-Leste

Edited by: Judith Bovensiepen
Publication date: December 2018

For the people of Timor-Leste, independence promised a fundamental transformation from foreign occupation to self-rule, from brutality to respect for basic rights, and from poverty to prosperity.


The Bounty from the Beach »

Cross-Cultural and Cross-Disciplinary Essays

Publication date: October 2018

The Bounty from the Beach is a collection of cross-disciplinary essays, capitalising on a widely shared fascination for the Bounty story in order to draw scholarly attention to Oceania.


Transforming Hawai‘i »

Balancing Coercion and Consent in Eighteenth-Century Kānaka Maoli Statecraft

Authored by: Paul D’Arcy
Publication date: June 2018

This study examines the role of coercion in the unification of the Hawaiian Islands by Kamehameha I between 1782 and 1812 at a time of increasing European contact.


The Moral Economy of Mobile Phones »

Pacific Islands Perspectives

Publication date: May 2018

The moral economy of mobile phones implies a field of shifting relations among consumers, companies and state actors, all of whom have their own ideas about what is good, fair and just.


Mobilities of Return »

Pacific Perspectives

Edited by: John Taylor, Helen Lee
Publication date: December 2017

In recent decades, the term ‘mobility’ has emerged as a defining paradigm within the humanities.


Grappling with the Bomb »

Britain’s Pacific H-bomb tests

Authored by: Nic Maclellan
Publication date: September 2017

Grappling with the Bomb is a history of Britain’s 1950s program to test the hydrogen bomb, code name Operation Grapple.


Sinuous Objects »

Revaluing Women’s Wealth in the Contemporary Pacific

Publication date: August 2017

Some 40 years ago, Pacific anthropology was dominated by debates about ‘women’s wealth’.


Making Mala »

Malaita in Solomon Islands, 1870s–1930s

Authored by: Clive Moore
Publication date: April 2017

Malaita is one of the major islands in the Solomons Archipelago and has the largest population in the Solomon Islands nation. Its people have an undeserved reputation for conservatism and aggression.


Transformations of Gender in Melanesia »

Publication date: February 2017

Despite the plethora of research on gender and the many projects designed to improve their status in the Pacific region, women continue to be disadvantaged and marginalised in social, economic and political spheres.


The Rahui »

Legal pluralism in Polynesian traditional management of resources and territories

Edited by: Tamatoa Bambridge
Publication date: March 2016

This collection deals with an ancient institution in Eastern Polynesia called the rahui, a form of restricting access to resources and/or territories.


The people have spoken »

The 2014 elections in Fiji

Publication date: March 2016

The September 2014 elections in Fiji was one of the most anticipated in the history of the country, coming after eight years of military rule and under a radically new constitution that introduced a system of proportional representative (PR) and w


The New Pacific Diplomacy »

Edited by: Greg Fry, Sandra Tarte
Publication date: December 2015

Since 2009 there has been a fundamental shift in the way that the Pacific Island states engage with regional and world politics.


Talking it Through »

Responses to Sorcery and Witchcraft Beliefs and Practices in Melanesia

Publication date: May 2015

Sorcery and witchcraft practices and beliefs are pervasive across Melanesia. They are in part created by, and give rise to, a wide variety of poor social and developmental outcomes.


Ma`afu, prince of Tonga, chief of Fiji »

The life and times of Fiji’s first Tui Lau

Authored by: John Spurway
Publication date: February 2015

Enele Ma`afu, son of Aleamotu`a, Tu`i Kanokupolu, grew up during a time of unprecedented social and political change in Tonga following the advent of Christianity.