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Colonialism, Maasina Rule, and the Origins of Malaitan Kastom$
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David W. Akin

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780824838140

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824838140.001.0001

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Colonial Experiments and Mounting Resentments

Colonial Experiments and Mounting Resentments

(p.94) Chapter 3 Colonial Experiments and Mounting Resentments
Colonialism, Maasina Rule, and the Origins of Malaitan Kastom

David W. Akin

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter narrates how the 1930s economic crisis, particularly the collapse of copra prices, cut deeply into government resources and hamstrung any plans for development or better administration. Grim conditions through most of the decade constrained government spending and staffing, and as the Great Depression deepened, jobs available to Islanders fell by half. As the Depression set in, plantation interests cut corners in ways that made the labor scene more harsh and exploitive. Under pressure from planters, the Solomon Islands Labour (Amendment) Regulation halved the adult wage for indentured labor. Thus, many Malaitans refused to work for the halved wage, particularly from Kwaio southward through ʻAreʻare and Small Malaita.

Keywords:   economic crisis, Great Depression, Malaitans, Kwaio, Small Malaita, ʻAreʻare

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