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.

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.


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