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14 January 2019
Development studies; Peace studies & conflict resolution; Social & cultural history; Cultural studies; Political structure & processes
This book provides a rigorous and cross-disciplinary analysis of this Melanesian nation at a critical juncture in its post-colonial and post-conflict history, with contributions from leading scholars of Solomon Islands. The notion of 'transition' as used to describe the recent drawdown of the decade-long Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) provides a departure point for considering other transformations - social, political and economic -under way in the archipelagic nation. Organised around a central tension between change and continuity, two of the book's key themes are the contested narratives of changing state-society relations and the changing social relations around land and natural resources engendered by ongoing processes of globalisation and urbanisation. Drawing heuristically on RAMSI's genesis in the 'state- building moment' that dominated international relations during the first decade of this century, the book also examines the critical distinction between 'state-building' and 'state formation' in the Solomon Islands context. It engages with global scholarly and policy debates on issues such as peacebuilding, state-building, legal pluralism, hybrid governance, globalisation, urbanisation and the governance of natural resources. These themes resonate well beyond Solomon Islands and Melanesia, and the book will be of interest to a wide range of students, scholars and development practitioners. This book was previously published as a special issue of The Journal of Pacific History.
Edited by:   Matthew Allen (The Australian National University Acton Australia.), Sinclair Dinnen (Australian National University, Canberra, Australia.)
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 248mm,  Width: 171mm, 
Weight:   281g
ISBN:   9780367028374
ISBN 10:   0367028379
Pages:   142
Publication Date:   14 January 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Further / Higher Education ,  A / AS level
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Matthew Allen is a Fellow at The Australian National University. A human geographer who has worked extensively across post-colonial Melanesia, he is the author of Greed and Grievance: Ex-militants' perspectives on the Conflict in Solomon Islands (2013). Sinclair Dinnen is a Senior Fellow at The Australian National University and a socio-legal scholar with longstanding experience as a researcher and policy adviser in the Melanesia region.

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