Cities of Parts, Cities Apart? Changing Places in Modern Melanesia Connell, John Lea, John 2009-10-30T00:13:10Z 2009-10-30T00:13:10Z 1994
dc.description.abstract Melanesian urbanization is primarily postcolonial, occurring after colonial restrictions on migration and city growth. Recency, impermanence, discontinuity, and differences between places and cultures characterize city life. Culture influences socioeconomic organization; gangs rather than unions cut across social ties, insecurity strengthens identity, and the growing squatter settlements refine and define ethnic distinctiveness. Ideology reinforces rural ties. Security concerns have introduced new divisions. Modern dress, lifestyles, and language have shaped new identities, yet tribal and regional affiliations are more important than national identity. Melanesian cities are intricately subdivided places where ethnicity and cultural identity triumph over class. They are a peripheral part of the world capitalist economy where modernity challenges tradition and local resistance. Fragmented planning systems, weak or missing municipal governments, and inadequate finance have led to breakdowns in urban service delivery, mismanagement, diversity, and spontaneity. Melanesian urbanism emphasizes historical specificity, plurality, difference, and incoherence.
dc.identifier.citation Connell, J., and J. Lea. 1994. Cities of Parts, Cities Apart? Changing Places in Modern Melanesia. The Contemporary Pacific 6 (2): 267-309.
dc.identifier.issn 1043-898X
dc.language.iso en-US
dc.publisher University of Hawai'i Press
dc.publisher Center for Pacific Islands Studies
dc.subject.lcsh Oceania -- Periodicals.
dc.title Cities of Parts, Cities Apart? Changing Places in Modern Melanesia
dc.type Article
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