Engaging with Strangers: Love and Violence in the Rural Solomon Islands ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Debra McDougall

Engaging with Strangers: Love and Violence in the Rural Solomon Islands

Berghahn Books
Publication date: January 2016
ISBN: 9781785330216
Digital Book format: ePub (Adobe DRM)

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The 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 Ranongga 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 another 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.

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