Social Change in Melanesia: Development and History

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 13, 2000 - Social Science - 264 pages
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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Contents

Change and development
1
The arrival of Europeans
13
Another history
33
Technological change and economic growth
58
Land rights and community
75
Business big men as entrepreneurs
91
From tribespeople to peasants
110
Mining misunderstanding and insurrection
125
Forestry and local knowledge
143
Migration and urbanisation
163
Cargo cults and millennial politics
181
Missionaries and social change
198
From tribal to state politics
219
Custom and identity
240
Index
259
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