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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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Attrition and Compromise

Attrition and Compromise

(p.300) Chapter 8 Attrition and Compromise
Colonialism, Maasina Rule, and the Origins of Malaitan Kastom

David W. Akin

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter argues that as 1949 drew to a close, operations to suppress Maasina Rule had been disappointing: a few men had agreed to labor on shorter term contracts, and if many Malaitans now saw the government as their worst enemy, it was said that they “respected” it for having shown that it could arrest thousands. Yet colonial officers on the ground knew that most Malaitans remained resolute. Tom Russell wrote that attitudes, especially in the north, had “hardened” into an “unbroken front of defiance.” Furthermore, census had been “a complete failure” due to refusals, and the enumerators were dismissed in April 1950.

Keywords:   Maasina Rule, Malaitans, census, enumerators, Tom Russell

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