Understanding Oceania

Understanding Oceania

Celebrating the University of the South Pacific and its collaboration with The Australian National University

Edited by: Stewart Firth orcid, Vijay Naidu

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This book is inspired by the University of the South Pacific, the leading institution of higher education in the Pacific Islands region. Founded in 1968, USP has expanded the intellectual horizons of generations of students from its 12 member countries—Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu—and been responsible for the formation of a regional elite of educated Pacific Islanders who can be found in key positions in government and commerce across the region.

At the same time, this book celebrates the collaboration of USP with The Australian National University in research, doctoral training, teaching and joint activities. Twelve of our 19 contributors gained their doctorates at ANU, most of them before or after being students and/or teaching staff at USP, and the remaining five embody the cross-fertilisation in teaching, research and consultancy of the two institutions.

The contributions to this collection, with a few exceptions, are republications of key articles on the Pacific Islands by scholars with extensive experience and knowledge of the region.


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Publication date:
May 2019
ANU Press
Pacific Series
Arts & Humanities: Cultural Studies; Social Sciences: Politics & International Studies
Australia; Pacific

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  1. Themes (PDF, 0.1MB)Stewart Firth doi
  2. A Commentary on the 50-Year History of the University of the South Pacific (PDF, 0.2MB)Vijay Naidu doi
  3. The Road from Laucala Bay (PDF, 0.2MB)Brij V. Lal doi

Part 1: Balancing Tradition and Modernity

  1. Change in Land Use and Villages—Fiji: 1958–1983 (PDF, 1.4MB)R. Gerard Ward doi
  2. Matai Titles and Modern Corruption in Samoa: Costs, Expectations and Consequences for Families and Society (PDF, 0.2MB)Morgan Tuimalealiʻifano doi
  3. Making Room for Magic in Intellectual Property Policy (PDF, 0.3MB)Miranda Forsyth doi

Part 2: Politics and Political Economy

  1. Postcolonial Political Institutions in the South Pacific Islands: A Survey (PDF, 0.2MB)Jon Fraenkel doi
  2. Neo-Liberalism and the Disciplining of Pacific Island States—the Dual Challenges of a Global Economic Creed and a Changed Geopolitical Order (PDF, 0.2MB)Claire Slatter doi
  3. Defending the Inheritance: The SDL and the 2006 Election (PDF, 0.2MB)Alumita Durutalo doi

Part 3: Reimagining

  1. Re-Presenting Melanesia: Ignoble Savages and Melanesian Alter-Natives (PDF, 0.2MB)Tarcisius Kabutaulaka doi
  2. Man versus Myth: The Life and Times of Ratu Sukuna (PDF, 0.2MB)Steven Ratuva doi
  3. All Saints’ Primary, Labasa (PDF, 0.2MB)Christine Weir doi

Part 4: Rethinking Development

  1. Development Assistance Challenges (PDF, 0.5MB)Vijay Naidu doi
  2. Breaking Fiji’s Coup Culture through Effective Rural Development (PDF, 0.3MB)Joeli Veitayaki doi
  3. Urban Land in Solomon Islands: Powers of Exclusion and Counter-Exclusion (PDF, 0.2MB)Joseph D. Foukona and Matthew G. Allen doi

Part 5: Into the Future

  1. The Ocean in Us (PDF, 0.2MB)Epeli Hauʻofa doi
  2. The ‘New Pacific Diplomacy’: An Introduction (PDF, 0.2MB)Sandra Tarte and Greg Fry doi
  3. Niu Mana, Sport, Media and the Australian Diaspora (PDF, 0.3MB)Katerina Martina Teaiwa doi

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