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Reflections on Violence in Melanesia

Reflections on Violence in Melanesia

Edited by Sinclair Dinnen and Allison Ley

 

This collection of studies from commentators, academics and activists from throughout the region examines the diverse meanings of violence in Melanesia. It shows that the nature and level of violence varies widely across different Melanesian contexts, with some of those contexts experiencing extraordinary levels of violence.

Through the reports the meaning of the categories used in Western law is challenged. Forms of oppression that were more important in the West centuries ago are still important in Melanesia, and while the cultural patterns of violence are local and plural, there are also global currents and paradoxes of political economies and restorative justice. This is not just a book for Melanesianists, but for all who are concerned about violence and healing it.

 

Published February 2000
Publisher Hawkins Press
Paperback/350pp
ISBN 9781876067137