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Title: Interdisciplinary Approaches in Pacific Studies: Understanding the Fiji Coup of 19 May 2000 
Author: Hereniko, Vilsoni
Date: 2003
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
Center for Pacific Islands Studies
Citation: Hereniko, V. 2003. Interdisciplinary Approaches in Pacific Studies: Understanding the Fiji Coup of 19 May 2000. Special issue, The Contemporary Pacific 15 (1): 75-90.
Abstract: The reasons behind Fiji’s military coup of 19 May 2000 are complex, and cannot
be fully understood on a purely rational or empirical level. An interdisciplinary
approach that embraces culture and history, informed by fiction, poetry, and
drama, as well as personal experience, offers insights into Fijian-Indian relations.
In this paper I explore the nature and usefulness of the interdisciplinary process
in helping to make sense of a specific event in Fiji’s history; I also seek to better
understand the guiding principles that might inform future interdisciplinary
research and writing. This does not mean that the approach here is necessarily
applicable to understanding other similar events or topics. My primary goal is not
to lay down principles set in stone but rather to stimulate discussion and debate
on interdisciplinary approaches to Pacific studies.
ISSN: 1043-898X
Keywords: coups, interdisciplinary process, Fijians, Indians, George Speight, racial prejudice
LC Subject Headings: Oceania -- Periodicals.

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