Date & time
Join us from 6pm at the Common Room, University House for this special event - the joint launch of Colonialism, Maasina Rule, and the Origins of Malaitan Kastom and Greed and Grievance: Ex-Militants' Perspectives on the Conflict in Solomon Islands, 1998-2003.
Speakers will include Dr Sinclair Dinnen, Professor John Braithwaite and Mr Esau Kekeubata.
Light refreshments will be served.
About the books:
Colonialism, Maasina Rule, and the Origins of Malaitan Kastom (University of Hawai'i Press, 2013)
by David W. Akin
This book is a political history of the island of Malaita in the British Solomon Islands Protectorate from 1927, when the last violent resistance to colonial rule was crushed, to 1953 and the inauguration of the island's first representative political body, the Malaita Council. At the book's heart is a political movement known as Maasina Rule, which dominated political affairs in the southeastern Solomons for many years after World War II.
About the Author: David Akin is an anthropologist and independent scholar living in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is managing editor of the journal Comparative Studies in Society and History and teaches at the University of Michigan. Since 1979 he has spent several years living with Kwaio people of inland Malaita.
Greed and Grievance: Ex-Militants' Perspectives on the Conflict in Solomon Islands, 1998-2003 (University of Hawai'i Press, 2013)
by Matthew G Allen
This work offers important new perspectives on the violence and unrest that gripped Solomon Islands between late 1998 and mid-2003, a period known as the Ethnic Tension. Based on in-depth interviews and documents associated with the €œTension Trials,€ it is the first detailed account of the conflict that engages directly with the voices of the men who joined the rival militant groups.
About the Author: Matthew Allen joined SSGM as a Fellow in November 2012. Prior to that he spent five years with the Resource Management in Asia-Pacific Program (RMAP), ANU College of Asia and the Pacific. Matthew works at the interstices of geography, political science and anthropology.