the contemporary pacific · spring 2000 begin to grasp what the translation from New Hebrides Condominion to Vanuatu Republic can possibly mean in a world where global processes profoundly problematize national boundaries--it is necessary to adopt a cross-disciplinary (not just multidisciplinary) approach. Miles does this, and does it well. The result is a very satisfying book, accessible to the general reader and challenging to the specialist audience (or audiences). Like its University of Hawai`i Press stablemates, Cargo Cult: Strange Stories of Desire from Melanesia and Beyond, by Lamont Lindstrom, and The Tree and the Canoe, by Joël Bonnemaison, Bridging Mental Boundaries in a Postcolonial Microcosm fundamentally recasts what is so often taken for granted in the distinction drawn between "colonialism" and "independence." To capture the peculiar form of European rule that prevailed over the New Hebrides from the establishment of the condominium in 1906 to its formal abolition in 1980, Miles coins the term condocolonialism. Rather than focusing on administrative structure, condocolonialism denotes the process of divided and divisive joint rule. In contrast to "classical colonialism," the condocolonialism of the New Hebrides manifested five distinguishing features: (1) foreign rule is extended and maintained over an overseas possession as
The Contemporary Pacific – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Feb 1, 2000
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