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Decolonization, Language, and Identity: The Francophone Islands of the Pacific

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Title:Decolonization, Language, and Identity: The Francophone Islands of the Pacific
Authors:Mu Si Yan, Léopold
Saura, Bruno
Keywords:French research
francophone Pacific
New Caledonia
French Polynesia
LC Subject Headings:Oceania -- Periodicals
Date Issued:2015
Publisher:University of Hawai‘i Press
Center for Pacific Islands Studies
Citation:Mu Si Yan, L. and Saura, B. 2015. Decolonization, Language, and Identity: The Francophone Islands of the Pacific. The Contemporary Pacific 27 (2): 325-335.
Abstract:This article is both an introduction to this special issue of The Contemporary Pacific and a more general reflection about francophone research in the Pacific Islands and about their cultures and populations. The common topic of the essays selected here is the difficulty of maintaining an indigenous identity within the French colonial system in the French or francophone islands of the Pacific (New Caledonia, French Polynesia, and Wallis and Futuna). Four contributions from contemporary scholars of New Caledonia and French Polynesia bring their research on the cultural, social, and political struggles of their interlocutors to better visibility for a broad, largely anglophone audience in Pacific studies. The Resources section, produced by the chief librarians of the University of New Caledonia and the University of French Polynesia, provides a very useful overview of bibliographic and research materials about these two territories. Putting things in broader perspective, this introduction discusses what may be a common denominator in research work produced by francophone scholars that makes it distinctly different from the work of Anglophones. As well, it raises the epistemological issue of the political commitment of researchers born in the francophone Pacific Islands or living there on a permanent basis.
Pages/Duration:11 pages
Appears in Collections: TCP [The Contemporary Pacific], 2015 - Volume 27, Number 2

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