Social Change in Melanesia: Development and History
This book offers a clear and absorbing account of social change in Melanesia since the arrival of Europeans, covering the colonial period and the history of the new post-colonial states. It discusses economic and technological change, urbanisation, the development of the modern state, and the often violent reactions to these dramatic transformations, and considers the dilemmas of development that threaten the environment. A companion to An Introduction to the Anthropology of Melanesia (1998), it is addressed to students with little or no background in the region's history and development.
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Change and development
The arrival of Europeans
Technological change and economic growth
Land rights and community
Business big men as entrepreneurs
From tribespeople to peasants
Mining misunderstanding and insurrection
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