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Political life writing in the Pacific Islands: reflections on practice

Political life writing in the Pacific Islands: reflections on practice
Political life writing in the Pacific Islands: reflections on practice
This book aims to reflect on the experiential side of writing political lives in the Pacific region. The collection touches on aspects of the life writing art that are particularly pertinent to political figures: public perception and ideology; identifying important political successes and policy initiatives; grappling with issues like corruption and age-old political science questions about leadership and ‘dirty hands’. These are general themes but they take on a particular significance in the Pacific context and so the contributions explore these themes in relation to patterns of colonisation 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 be written by ‘outsiders’, or at least the increasingly contested nature of what that term means.
9781925022605
ANU Press
Corbett, Jack
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Lal, Brij V.
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Corbett, Jack
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Lal, Brij V.
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Corbett, Jack and Lal, Brij V. (eds.) (2015) Political life writing in the Pacific Islands: reflections on practice , Canberra, AU. ANU Press, 180pp.

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This book aims to reflect on the experiential side of writing political lives in the Pacific region. The collection touches on aspects of the life writing art that are particularly pertinent to political figures: public perception and ideology; identifying important political successes and policy initiatives; grappling with issues like corruption and age-old political science questions about leadership and ‘dirty hands’. These are general themes but they take on a particular significance in the Pacific context and so the contributions explore these themes in relation to patterns of colonisation 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 be written by ‘outsiders’, or at least the increasingly contested nature of what that term means.

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Published date: August 2015
Organisations: Politics & International Relations

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Local EPrints ID: 389423
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/389423
ISBN: 9781925022605
PURE UUID: da720300-e014-442f-a24f-d0f10b307c90
ORCID for Jack Corbett: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-2005-7162

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Date deposited: 07 Mar 2016 13:24
Last modified: 14 Jun 2019 00:30

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