Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Disturbing HistoryResistance in Early Colonial Fiji$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Robert Nicole

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780824832919

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824832919.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM HAWAII SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.hawaii.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Hawaii University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in HSO for personal use.date: 16 October 2021

Everyday Resistance on the Plantations

Everyday Resistance on the Plantations

(p.159) Chapter Six Everyday Resistance on the Plantations
Disturbing History

Robert Nicole

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines the everyday forms of resistance that laborers used between large conflagrations within Fiji’s plantation microcosm. Because the bulk of laborers on Fiji’s plantations were Indian indentured immigrants, the chapter examines the particularity of their everyday lives and the forms of protest that derived from this experience. Beginning with the spectacular forms of retributive violence laborers used against plantation authorities, this chapter explores physical violence as the point at which resistance was forced outside “normal channels” by aggrieved laborers against their immediate superiors, against other girmitiyas, and against themselves. It then examines various “weapons of the weak” such as evasion, absenteeism, desertion, sabotage, and petitions. The chapter ends with a discussion of the role of religion and education as instruments by which laborers contested the fate of perpetual bondage reserved for them by plantation and government authorities.

Keywords:   plantation workers, Fijian plantations, Indian laborers, worker resistance, religion, education, Fijian laborers

Hawaii Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.