The Impact of Colonization and Christianization on Gender Violence in the Pacific Islands

  • Jean Louis Rallu
Part of the Religion and Radicalism book series (RERA)


In this chapter, anthropologist Jean Louis Rallu explores the traditional, precolonial relations between women and men in Melanesia, tracing the changes to sexual and social mores that took place within Melanesian societies under Christianization and colonization. In the second part of the chapter, he considers some of the recent challenges faced by non-governmental and intergovernmental International Organizations in the Pacific Islands in their attempts to confront gender inequality and gender violence in this region. Evaluating the multiple effects of tradition, Christianization, and colonization on gender relationships and gender violence, he inquires how this has impacted later dialogue and cooperation between International Organizations and Pacific Island communities.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jean Louis Rallu
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  1. 1.Institut National d’Etudes Demographiques (INED)ParisFrance

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