This introductory chapter focuses on Maasina Rule, a political movement that sought to bring about that change in Malaita, and the movement's core ideology, known by the Solomon Islands Pijin term kastom. The movement dominated Malaitan affairs from the mid-1940s into the early 1950s, and kastom remains important in Solomon Islands politics today. Historians, anthropologists, and former colonial officials have all written extensively about Maasina Rule over several decades, and yet, though some of those works have been excellent, the literature on the movement has been plagued with errors, and basic aspects of both the movement and the Malaitan kastom have remained poorly or partly understood.
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