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Specters of Violence in a Colonial ContextNew Caledonia, 1917$
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Adrian Muckle

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780824835095

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824835095.001.0001

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Specters of Colonial Violence

Specters of Colonial Violence

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Specters of Violence in a Colonial Context

Adrian Muckle

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter argues that wartime demands heightened Kanak fears about the potential for violence by settlers, administrators, or their agents. Colonial administrators saw the successful recruitment of Kanak as a means of minimizing European departures, but recruitment through the hierarchy of administrative chiefs intensified abusive practices commonplace in labor recruitment and the enforcement of other regulations. The pressure that Kanak laborers were under was also especially evident in the Hienghène district. In 1914–1915, the Hienghène grand chef, Doui Philippe Bouarate, refused to allow men to be employed as coastal lookouts, and at nearby, petit chef Tiéou of Oué-Hava refused to supply men for survey work until they had been paid outstanding wages.

Keywords:   Kanak, Hienghène district, Tiéou of Oué-Hava, Doui Philippe Bouarate, Kanak laborers, European departures

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