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.

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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