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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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Continuities and Symmetries

Continuities and Symmetries

(p.157) Chapter 6 Continuities and Symmetries
Greed and Grievance

Matthew G. Allen

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines symmetries and historical continuities in the events and discourses of the Ethnic Tension in Solomon Islands. It highlights salient differences and similarities between the testimonies of the Guale and Malaitan ex-militants and argues that the ex-militants can be regarded as narrators of ethnohistory. It shows that the ex-militants were motivated in large part to engage in collective violence by the politics of identity, framed around kastom, socioeconomic inequality, and resistance to government authority, and firmly embedded in the “past.” It also considers the grievances of Malaitan and Guale ex-militants against the government, and to a lesser extent against the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI), and the ways in which these are being expressed by people on both Guadalcanal and Malaita.

Keywords:   grievance, Ethnic Tension, Solomon Islands, ex-militants, ethnohistory, violence, identity, kastom, Guadalcanal, Malaita

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