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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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Containing and Mobilizing Colonial Violence

Containing and Mobilizing Colonial Violence

(p.111) 5 Containing and Mobilizing Colonial Violence
Specters of Violence in a Colonial Context

Adrian Muckle

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines the violence of the colonial repressions, particularly the assumption underpinning these containment measures: the threat to order was not just Kanak “rebel” violence but the violence of colonial settlers in their daily interactions with Kanak. After the war, this idea would be encapsulated in Governor Jules Repiquet's assertion that Kanak had revolted against settlers, but not against the colonial administration. The administration insisted that settlers who had treated Kanak well had nothing to fear, implying that Kanak violence was vengeance directed against bad colonists. Claims to local knowledge or to exclusive familiarity with Kanak emerge as central to these tensions, pointing to the complexity of relations among different categories of settlers as well as between Kanak and settlers.

Keywords:   colonial violence, Kanak, Kanak violence, rebel violence, colonial settlers, colonial repressions

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