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Land, Custom and Practice in the South Pacific

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R. Gerard Ward, Elizabeth Kingdon, Margaret Rodman, J. Tim O'Meara, Kerry James; Antony Hooper
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  • Date Published: March 2011
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  • isbn: 9780511886614

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  • Land tenure arrangements are fundamental to the way societies and economies operate. This book argues that in the South Pacific Islands, land formerly held by community groups under "customary" or "traditional" forms of tenure is now often being privatized. There is a divergence between rhetoric and reality concerning these trends. The authors present case studies from Western Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu and Fiji, and note parallels from other regions experiencing comparable forces of commercialization, individualization and socio-political change.

    • The conclusions are based on intensive fieldwork by anthropologists and a geographer, bringing multi-disciplinary skills to bear
    • Frames the trend in land tenure in the Pacific Islands in an international context
    • Provides an authoritative study of actual trends and practices which may be hidden by accounts of legal or traditional systems
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    "This book has a great deal to offer students of land tenure and of the Pacific Islands....the series will form an important resource for comparativists." Eugene Ogan, American Anthropologist

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2011
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511886614
    • contains: 2 b/w illus. 27 maps
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    List of tables
    1. Land use and tenure: some comparisons R. Gerard Ward and Elizabeth Kingdon
    2. Land tenure in the Pacific Islands R. Gerard Ward and Elizabeth Kingdon
    3. Breathing spaces: customary land tenure in Vanuatu Margaret Rodman
    4. From corporate to individual land tenure in Western Samoa J. Tim O'Meara
    5. Right and privilege in Tongan land tenure Kerry James
    6. Land, law and custom: diverging realities in Fiji R. Gerard Ward
    7. Beyond the breathing space Antony Hooper and R. Gerard Ward

  • Editors

    R. Gerard Ward, Australian National University, Canberra

    Elizabeth Kingdon, Australian National University, Canberra


    R. Gerard Ward, Elizabeth Kingdon, Margaret Rodman, J. Tim O'Meara, Kerry James; Antony Hooper

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