Islands, Islanders and the World: The Colonial and Post-colonial Experience of Eastern Fiji
Cambridge University Press, Nov 2, 2006 - Social Science - 344 pages
Fiji is a country whose recent political instability can be directly traced to its distinctive colonial and post-colonial experience. For one particular region of Fiji the authors examine the environmental, social and economic aspects of this experience, at scales ranging from national and regional to island, village and household. Discussions in Third World geography, regional economics and development planning have been full of rhetoric about 'underdevelopment', 'centre-periphery relations' and 'dependency', but seldom are the actual processes which give rise to these phenomena examined in detail. In this book the authors explore in depth the interrelations between the island landscape, the cultural geography of the islanders and the intrusive values and opportunities of the market economy. Some important lessons are to be learnt from the gap between what might be predicted from abstract theories of development and what is actually happening in the real world of politicians, planners, farmers and fishermen.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
The island landscape
Capitalism and colonialism in the periphery
Physical and economic externalities and their impact 8 2
Batiki and Kabara
Adaptation or stagnation? The case of Koro
Other editions - View all
agricultural areas Batiki Bayliss-Smith Bedford Brookfield Cakaudrove capita capitalist cash incomes census cent century chapter chiefs co-operative coastal coconut oil colonial communities copra copra price copra production costs crops damage decline drought eastern Fiji eastern islands economy ecosystems effect employment European export farmers Fiji's Fijian population Fijian society Fijian village growth households hurricane important increase Indo-Fijian Kabara Kadavu Koro Labasa labour Lakeba land Lapita Lau group Lau islands Lauans Lautoka Levuka major mataqali migration mill Nacamaki Nairai Nasaqalau outer islands Ovalau Pacific period periphery plantation political pre-colonial problems Province Qeleni Road rates region residents rural development Savusavu scheme sea level sector settlement small islands social soils sources southern Lau storms structure subsidy subsistence substantial Suva swamps Table talasiga taro Taveuni tonnes trade traditional trends Tubou UNESCO UNESCO/UNFPA Project urban Vanua Levu Viti Levu wage Yadrana yaqona