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Paul James, Yaso Nadarajah, Karen Haive, and Victoria Stead

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780824835880

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824835880.001.0001

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Postcolonial Development and Sustainability

Postcolonial Development and Sustainability

(p.2) Chapter 1 Postcolonial Development and Sustainability
Sustainable Communities, Sustainable Development

Paul James

Yaso Nadarajah

Karen Haive

Victoria Stead

University of Hawai'i Press

This introductory chapter demonstrates that the independence of Papua New Guinea was marked by both bold anticipation and uncomfortable ambivalence. The Constitution of the Independent State of Papua New Guinea (1975) brought the nation-state into being on the basis of a set of careful principles as far-reaching as its constitutional ancestors, including the Declaration of the Rights of Man (1789) and the Constitution of the United States (1861). Whereas most constitutions are one-dimensionally modern and center on the nation-state as the most important level of community and polity, the Papua New Guinea Constitution proclaimed a more complex aspiration by placing the nation-state in a continuing relation to other social institutions—in particular, local community and family.

Keywords:   Papua New Guinea, Declaration of the Rights of Man, Constitution, local community, family, United States

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