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Between Two Laws: Tenure Regimes in the Pearl Islands

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Title:Between Two Laws: Tenure Regimes in the Pearl Islands
Authors:Rapaport, Moshe
Keywords:Pearl farming
land tenure
lagoon tenure
Tuamotu Archipelago
LC Subject Headings:Oceania -- Periodicals.
Date Issued:1996
Publisher:University of Hawai'i Press
Center for Pacific Islands Studies
Citation:Rapaport, M. 1996. Between Two Laws: Tenure Regimes in the Pearl Islands. The Contemporary Pacific 8 (1): 33-49.
Abstract:The Tuamotuan pearl-farming boom, currently into its second decade, has led to
an intense scramble for limited land and lagoon space. Fieldwork on Takaroa
Atoll has shown that Islanders have generally successfully defended their landholdings
from alienation by selectively retaining aspects of their traditional
tenure systems. They have been less successful with their lagoons, claimed by the
Tahitian administration as part of the public domain. The current situation is a
chaotic free-for-all, potentially leading to disastrous overexploitation of Tuamotuan
lagoons. Emerging postcolonial administrations and their management consultants
are urged not to neglect the claims of small outlying communities.
Appears in Collections: TCP [The Contemporary Pacific], 1996 - Volume 8, Number 1

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