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- DescriptionThe civil conflict in Solomon Islands (1998-2003) is often blamed on the failure of the nation-state to encompass culturally diverse and politically fragmented communities. Writing of Rangga Island, the author tracks engagements with strangers across many realms of life-pre-colonial warfare, Christian conversion, logging and conservation, even post-conflict state building. She describes startling reversals in which strangers become attached to local places, even as kinspeople are estranged from one ather and from their homes. Against stereotypes of rural insularity, she argues that a distinctive cosmopolitan openness to others is evident in the rural Solomons in times of war and peace.
- Author BiographyDebra McDougall is Senior Lecturer at the University of Western Australia. She co-edited Christian Politics in Oceania with Matt Tomlinson (Berghahn, 2013) and has published chapters and articles on religion, politics, and sociality.
- Author(s)Debra McDougall
- PublisherBerghahn Books
- Date of Publication29/02/2016
- SubjectSocial Sciences: Textbooks & Study Guides
- Series TitleASAO Studies in Pacific Anthropology
- Series Part/Volume Number6
- Place of PublicationOxford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintBerghahn Books
- Content Note24 illustrations
- Weight581 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine19 mm
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