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Title Political life writing in the Pacific : reflections on practice / Jack Corbett, Brij V. Lal, editors.

Publication Info. Acton, A.C.T. : ANU Press, 2015.


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Description 1 online resource
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computer c rdamedia
online resource cr rdacarrier
Series State, Society and Governance in Melanesia
State, society and governance in Melanesia (Series)
Note Print version record.
Bibliography Footnotes include bibliographical references.
Contents Practising political life writing in the Pacific / Jack Corbett -- Political life writing in Papua New Guinea / Jonathan Ritchie -- Understanding Solomon / Christopher Chevalier -- The 'Pawa Meri' project / Ceridwen Spark -- 'End of a phase of history' / Brij V. Lal -- Random thoughts of an occasional practitioner / Deryck Scarr -- Walking the line between Anga Fakatonga and Anga Fakapalangi / Areti Metuamate -- Writing influential lives / Nicole Haley -- Celebrating my journey / Sethy Regenvanu -- Reflections on a remarkable journey / Carol Kidu -- Solomon Islands' biography / Clive Moore -- Biographies of post-1900 New Zealand prime ministers / Doug Munro.
Summary This book emerged from a workshop symposium on political life writing held at The Australian National University (ANU) in October 2012. The inspiration came from discussions on the practice of life writing and the issues and challenges that one faces while writing political biography. Some of the themes related to life writing in general: the ambiguous place of the genre within the academy, its 'great person in history' tendencies, the relationship between writer and subject, and the big question that faces all writers: what to leave in and out. Also explored are the nature of certain source materials: Hansard's Parliamentary Debates, political speeches, interviews, and the divergent perspectives offered by supporters and opponents. Some of these themes seemed to be of particular significance in a Pacific context, including patterns of colonization and the memory of independence, issues elliptically captured by terms like 'culture' and 'tradition', the nature of 'self' presented in Pacific life writing, and the tendency for many of these texts to have been written by 'outsiders', or at least the increasingly contested nature of what that term means. With this broad canvas in mind, this book brings together, for the first time, a community of scholars writing 'political lives' in the Pacific.
Language English.
Subject Politicians -- Islands of the Pacific -- Biography.
Authorship -- Social aspects.
Political science -- Social aspects.
Research -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Islands of the Pacific -- Politics and government -- Biography.
Authorship -- Social aspects. (OCoLC)fst00822471
Political science -- Social aspects. (OCoLC)fst01354030
Politicians. (OCoLC)fst01069915
Politics and government. (OCoLC)fst01919741
Research -- Moral and ethical aspects. (OCoLC)fst01095225
Pacific Ocean -- Islands of the Pacific. (OCoLC)fst01244201
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Electronic books
Biography. (OCoLC)fst01423686
Added Author Corbett, Jack, editor.
Lal, Brij V., editor.
Other Form: Print version: Political life writing in the Pacific 9781925022605 (OCoLC)910278818
ISBN 9781925022612 (electronic bk.)
1925022617 (electronic bk.)

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