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Colonialism, Maasina Rule, and the Origins of Malaitan Kastom

David W. Akin


This book is a political history of the island of Malaita in the British Solomon Islands' Protectorate from 1927, when the last violent resistance to colonial rule was crushed, to 1953 and the inauguration of the islands first representative political body, the Malaita Council. At the book's heart is a political movement known as Maasina Rule, which dominated political affairs in the southeastern Solomons for many years after World War II. The movement's ideology, kastom, was grounded in the determination that only Malaitans themselves could properly chart their future through application of M ... More

Keywords: Malaita, colonial rule, Malaita Council, Maasina Rule, kastom, social engineering, colonial administration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780824838140
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824838140.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David W. Akin, author
University of Michigan