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Hawai'i and Fiji share strikingly similar histories of colonialism and plantation sugar production but display different legacies of ethnic conflict today. Pacific Island chiefdoms colonized by the United States and England respectively, the islands' indigenous populations were forced to share resources with a small colonizing elite and growing numbers of workers imported from South Asia. Both societies had long traditions of chiefly power exercised through reciprocity and descent; both were integrated into the plantation complex in the nineteenth century. Colonial authorities, however, constructed vastly different legal relationships with the indigenous peoples in each setting, and policy toward imported workers also differed in arrangements around land tenure and political participation. The legacies of these colonial arrangements are at the roots of the current crisis in both places. Focusing on the intimate relationship between law, culture, and the production of social knowledge, these essays re-center law in social theory. The authors analyze the transition from chiefdom to capitalism, colonizers' racial and governmental ideologies, land and labor policies, and contemporary efforts to recuperate indigenous culture and assert or maintain indigenous sovereignty. Speaking to Fijian and Hawaiian circumstances, this volume illuminates the role of legal and archival practice in constructing ethnic and political identities and producing colonial and anthropological knowledge.

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  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-5
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  1. Title page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Figures
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. 1 Introduction
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  1. 2 A Chief Does Not Rule Land; He Rules People (Luganda Proverb)
  2. pp. 35-60
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  1. 3 Gordon Was No Amateur Imperial Legal Strategies in the Colonization of Fiji
  2. pp. 61-100
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  1. 4 Talking Back to Law and Empire Hula in Hawaiian-Language Literature in 1861
  2. pp. 101-121
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  1. 5 Law and Identity in an American Colony
  2. pp. 123-152
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  1. 6 Promised Lands From Colonial Lawgiving to Postcolonial Takeovers in Fiji
  2. pp. 153-186
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  1. 7 Law as Object
  2. pp. 187-212
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  1. 8 Ku‘e and Ku‘oko‘a History, Law, and Other Faiths
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  1. 9 Delegating Closure
  2. pp. 239-259
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  1. 10 Heartbreak Islands Reflections on Fiji in Transition
  2. pp. 261-280
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  1. References
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  1. Index
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  1. Other Titles in the Series
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  1. Participants
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  1. Back cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781938645266
Related ISBN
9781930618251
MARC Record
OCLC
645175232
Pages
336
Launched on MUSE
2014-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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