Fijian Society

Or, The Sociology and Psychology of the Fijians


Author: Wallace Deane

Publisher: N.A


Category: Ethnology

Page: 255

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Under the Ivi Tree

Society and economic growth in rural Fiji


Author: Cyril S. Belshaw

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136546413

Category: Social Science

Page: 376

View: 3947

This study concerns the differentials of economic growth among the Fijian people. It brings together relevant factors drawn from social, cultural, economic and political analysis. As a case study in economic growth, it portrays the interplay between individuals and the social and economic conditions which surround them, and demonstrates the limitations of the institutions within which they function. Controversial points of interpretation are discussed and supported with documentation gathered from field-work. Originally published in 1964.



Author: Wallace Deane

Publisher: Wentworth Press

ISBN: 9781362289692

Category: History

Page: 294

View: 3277

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Race and Politics in an Island State


Author: Michael C. Howard

Publisher: UBC Press

ISBN: 0774844663

Category: Political Science

Page: 462

View: 6158

In 1987 -- first in May and again in September -- Fiji, which had often been regarded as a model for racial co-existence, surprised the rest of the world by staging not one but two coups. Most interpreters of the Fijian political scene saw the events as a result of tension between native Fijians and members of other ethnic groups. Michael Howard argues in this book that this interpretation is simplistic. Instead, he points out, the May coup was a strike against democratic government by elements associated with Fiji's traditional oligarchy seeking to hide behind a mask of populist communalism. Howard traces the evolution of Fijian politics from the precolonial chiefdoms, through the colonial era and into the postcolonial period, emphasizing the developments during the latter half of the 1980s. As a close and involved observer, he draws a convincing picture of the leading actors in contemporary Fijian politics and the motives guiding their actions. He describes how the ruling elite -- the Fijian chiefly families and their allies -- has maintained its power by manipulating communal or racially based sentiments and how the opposition has attempted to change the situation by creating political alignments based on social class. In the central part of the book Howard chronicles the rise of the Fiji Labour Party and its 1987 election victory over the ruling Alliance Party. He then discusses the short-lived regime of the Bavadra government and the events leading up to the May 1987 coup. Finally, he looks at events following the coup, as the oligarchy has sought to reimpose control in the face of popular opposition and internal division, discussing their implications for the social condition of Fiji, its international politics, and its internal ethnic relations. The book concludes with the death of Timoci Bavadra in late 1989. A perceptive case study of racial politics in the modern world and a significant new approach to the understanding of the dynamics of a non-western political system, Fiji: Race and Politics in an Island State provides a timely and comprehensive analysis of recent events in this important island state.

Degei’s Descendants

Spirits, Place and People in Pre-Cession Fiji


Author: Matthew Spriggs,Deryck Scarr

Publisher: ANU E Press

ISBN: 192502184X

Category: Social Science

Page: 308

View: 7703

Dr Parke’s monograph examines how Fijians, especially in western areas of Fiji, currently understand and explain the origins and development of the social and political divisions of late pre-colonial traditional Fijian society. It assesses the reasoning, consistency and, where possible, the historical accuracy of such understandings. The oral history research which forms the backbone of the study was conducted in either standard Fijian or one or other of the western Fijian dialects with which Dr Parke was familiar. The period on which the monograph concentrates is the two centuries or so immediately prior to the Deed of Cession on 10 October 1874. A number of the major chiefs of Fiji had offered to cede Fiji to Queen Victoria; and after the offer had been accepted, Fiji became a British Crown Colony on that day. The volume will be of interest to all archaeologists, anthropologists and historians with an interest in Fiji. It will also be of wider interest to Pacific Studies scholars and those of British colonial history as well as historians with a wider interest in indigenous traditional histories and their role in governance today.

Fijian Medicinal Plants


Author: RC Cambie,J Ash


ISBN: 0643102957

Category: Science

Page: 365

View: 5016

This comprehensive compilation presents the available reports on the medicinal use of Fijian plants in an attractive and readable form using 'everyday' terms as much as possible. The book covers the origin and dispersal of plants, literature, use of medicinal plants within traditional Fijian culture, diseases of Fiji, and medicinal chemicals from plants. Four hundred and fifty plant species are described.The entries for species are arranged by plant family, and give current botanical name, Fijian or local name, brief botanical notes, medicinal uses and chemistry. Separate indexes to plant species and Fijian names are provided, as well as a glossary of medicinal and botanical terms.This book may point the way to plants from which new and effective cures might be obtained.

Broken Waves

A History of the Fiji Islands in the Twentieth Century


Author: Brij V. Lal

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: 9780824814182

Category: History

Page: 404

View: 7621

Lal is among the few individuals from Fiji to become historians. He writes in his preface: Critical attachment rather than cool detachment has guided my scholarly effort here.... The result is both a history and a journal of self-exploration, a unique and invaluable contribution. Annotation copyri

Body, Self, and Society

The View from Fiji


Author: Anne E. Becker

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 0812290240

Category: Psychology

Page: 224

View: 2717

Anne E. Becker examines the cultural context of the embodied self through her ethnography of bodily aesthetics, food exchange, care, and social relationships in Fiji. She contrasts the cultivation of the body/self in Fijian and American society, arguing that the motivation of Americans to work on their bodies' shapes as a personal endeavor is permitted by their notion that the self is individuated and autonomous. On the other hand, because Fijians concern themselves with the cultivation of social relationships largely expressed through nurturing and food exchange, there is a vested interest in cultivating others' bodies rather than one's own.

Divine Hunger

Cannibalism as a Cultural System


Author: Peggy Reeves Sanday

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521311144

Category: Social Science

Page: 266

View: 2481

A new approach to understanding the phenomenon of ritual cannibalism through a detailed examination of selected tribal societies demonstrates that the practice is closely linked to people's orientation to the world, and helps distinguish "cultural self."

Fiji Before the Storm

Elections and the Politics of Development


Author: Brij V. Lal

Publisher: ANU E Press

ISBN: 1922144630

Category: Political Science

Page: 205

View: 9387

This volume had its genesis in a series of seminars and workshops held at The Australian National University under the auspices of the Centre for the Contemporary Pacific and the National Centre for Development Studies.

Drama Of Fiji

A Contemporary History


Author: John Wesley Coulter

Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

ISBN: 1462912656

Category: History

Page: 230

View: 3478

This history of Fiji focuses on the period of Imperial British control and offers a fascinating glimpse at a unique and volatile situation. The drama unfolds with a look into the backgrounds of the native Fijians—subsistence farmers most of whom are hardly affected by modern progress. Complications arise with the introduction of the Indian migrants who were recruited to serve periods of indenture on sugar cane plantations. Nearly all of them were Hindus. They yearned for land—the most valuable property in India. The plot further thickens with the "dual government" set–up where a governor, appointed by the Queen, works side by side with the Fijian Administration which has jurisdiction over all Fijians in the Colony. The Drama of Fiji is based on three periods of fieldwork in those islands at intervals over a period of 23 years, visit to northern India, and relevant literature. The last visit to Fiji, in 1960, was part of a large project in the South Pacific, made possible by a combined grant-in-aid of research, given by the Association of American Geographers and the Graduate School of the University of Cincinnati, the latter of which awarded a subvention to the author for this book.

White Women in Fiji, 1835–1930

The Ruin of Empire?


Author: Claudia Knapman

Publisher: University of Queensland Press

ISBN: 1921902388

Category: History

Page: 240

View: 8440

First published in 1986, White Women in Fiji 1835–1930: The Ruin of Empire? challenges assumptions and assertions about the role of European women in multiracial colonial societies. Author Claudia Knapman uses a combination of interviews, newspaper, and other sources to picture the lives of European women in Fiji between the 1830s and 1930s. She offers a new and challenging interpretation of the nature and interrelationship between racism and sexism in colonial societies. As Knapman points out, gender has been used to argue that racial disharmony came with the presence of foreign women. White women in Fiji's colonial society were stereotyped as discordant forces in the domestic sphere whereas Knapman shows that their domestic work was crucial to the maintenance of white society and that women were no different from men in contact situations and rather than an antagonistic element, they were crucial to establishing interracial relations.