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The Future of Tokelau: Decolonising Agendas, 1975-2006

The Future of Tokelau: Decolonising Agendas, 1975-2006 (Paperback)

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This book is a sequel to a previous book by ""Huntsman"" (and Antony Hooper), ""Tokelau: A Historical Ethnography"" (AUP, 1997), and follows the history of the small Pacific nation from the 1970s up to the recent referendum in which the Tokelauans voted to remain a New Zealand dependency. It is an extraordinary story - a dramatic narrative, sometimes taking place on the coral atolls of far-away Tokelau, sometimes in the bland offices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, sometimes in the monumental UN building in New York. Officials and politicians and Tokelau elders all play their roles and the repeated clash of cultures leads to comic, bizarre and often disturbing outcomes. While this is a superbly researched study of village social and political life in a modernising world, it is also an illuminating picture of MFAT, its operations and relationships, and a brilliant critique of the United Nations and the way it conducts its affairs.

History & PoliticsHistory: specific events & topicsColonialism & imperialismHistory & PoliticsHistory: specific events & topicsNational liberation & independence, post-colonialismHistory & PoliticsRegional & national historyAustralasian & Pacific history Publisher: Auckland University Press Publication Date: 01/09/2007 ISBN-13: 9781869403980  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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JUDITH HUNTSMAN is an honorary professorial research fellow in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Auckland and a world expert on the anthropology and history of Tokelau. She is currently the editor of the Journal of the Polynesian Society. KELIHIANO KALOLO was awarded an MA with first-class honours from the University of Auckland in 1995. He recently resigned as Tokelau's director of education to take up the position of director of Tokelau's University of the South Pacific Centre.

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