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Greed and GrievanceEx-Militants' Perspectives on the Conflict in Solomon Islands, 1998-2003$
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Matthew G. Allen

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780824838546

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824838546.001.0001

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Guadalcanal: The Contested Motherland

Guadalcanal: The Contested Motherland

(p.103) Chapter 4 Guadalcanal: The Contested Motherland
Greed and Grievance

Matthew G. Allen

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines the origins of militancy on Guadalcanal, and more specifically, how and why militant groups mobilized to engage in collective violence against Malaitan settlers on the island. It first provides an overview of the Weather Coast, the birthplace of most of the Guale militant leaders, with particular emphasis on its geography. It then analyzes the testimonies of ex-militants and the themes that permeate their accounts, grouping them into two broad categories: “development equity” and “cultural respect.” It shows that many ex-militants locate their grievances in a historical micronationalist narrative of the Guale people and situate their motives within the teachings of either the Moro Movement, on the one hand, or the Christian church, on the other. The chapter concludes by discussing the ex-militants' reasons both for and against signing the Townsville Peace Agreement.

Keywords:   militancy, Guadalcanal, ex-militants, violence, Malaita, Weather Coast, development equity, cultural respect, grievance, Townsville Peace Agreement

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