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Title: The Fiji Times and the Good Citizen: Constructing Modernity and Nationhood in Fiji 
Author: Connell, John
Date: 2007
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
Center for Pacific Islands Studies
Citation: Connell, J. 2007. The Fiji Times and the Good Citizen: Constructing Modernity and Nationhood in Fiji. The Contemporary Pacific 19 (1): 85-109.
Abstract: Constructing national identity has proved difficult in the Pacific, especially in Fiji where there are significant ethnic divisions. The “People” column in the Fiji Times has provided a populist focus on “good citizens” who have become successful, often in commerce. Such people have demonstrated values and directions such as hard work, training, education, initiative, and cooperation outside the nuclear family. Religious values have assisted, but “tradition” plays no role. Good citizens have achieved social mobility and often transgressed gender, geographical, and ethnic constraints. They constitute part of a new, modern, moral economy and social space that provides the basis for a modern nation where history and ethnicity have limited place.
ISSN: 1043-898X
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/13977
Keywords: Fiji, media, citizenship, modernity, morality, nationality
LC Subject Headings: Oceania -- Periodicals.

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