This book contributes to a field of growing interest in socio- political and anthropological circles: indigeneity as a form of selfrepresentation and resistance against existing forms of state dominance. Developments in indigenous minorities over recent decades in the interpretation of their own traditional history as a source of self-confidence form the core of the discussion. Revival of tradition, re-tribalization and the loss of confidence in national governments are causing increasing problems. The South Pacific (including Australia) is on the eve of a new era: the 21st Century is opening chances to overcome deep-rooted obstacles and prejudices. At the same time, dangers are emerging in societies where democratic values are often interpreted by indigenous groups as foreign influences which should be replaced by traditional modes of representation. With examples drawn from Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and New Caledonia, the book provides a comprehensive overview of a region in transition. Contributors: Michael Goldsmith, Erich Kolig, Jaqueline Leckie, Hai B. Levine, Kenneth Maddock, Hermann Mückler, Marie Pineau-Salaün, Toon van Meijl
Hermann Mückler, Prof. am Institut für Ethnologie, Kultur- und Sozialanthropologie der Universität Wien.
Erich Kolig, Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology an der University of Otago/Neuseeland.