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Fiji: A Fractured Society

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Abstract

Chapter 3 presents a micro-analysis of the history as well as the structural make-up of the island of Fiji. This chapter presents a description of the different ethnic group that makes up the country such as native Fijians (Melanesians) with some having a Polynesian ancestry, and Indo-Fijians whose descendants are the Indian indentures. It attempts a difficult examination of the system of administration in that country. This administration comprises a number of geographical areas called yasana which were ruled by governors. The administration was further extended to have districts as Park (2006) referred to as tikina. Each district had various villages with a mix of people and cultures. This chapter points out that divisiveness of Fiji was in part due to the settlement pattern of the different groups. This chapter then examines the way the different ethnicities were accommodated into the political system. One mechanism, for instance, that was discussed in this chapter was the reformation of the Fijian Constitution, including a Bill of Rights, to ensure the rights of all groups in the country.

Keywords

East Indian indentureds Gillion Girmits Khula Knapman Lal Lawson Leonidas Letters patent Mayer Parke Popular representation Premdas Spate report Yasana 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Social SciencesUniversity of the West IndiesSt. AugustineTrinidad and Tobago

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