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Fiame Naomi Mata’afa: Samoa’s first female Deputy Prime Minister

Fiame Naomi Mata’afa: Samoa’s first female Deputy Prime Minister
Fiame Naomi Mata’afa: Samoa’s first female Deputy Prime Minister
In March 2016, Fiamē Naomi Mata‘afa was the first woman appointed to the position of deputy prime minister of Sāmoa. Following in the tradition of Pacific Islands Portraits, we provide a short life history of Fiamē, including her lineage, education and political career. Drawing on a mixture of oral history interviews and newspapers, we explore key themes central to Pacific politics, including gender, but also, title, political parties, the role of the international community, and modernization. Our contribution is significant because while the region has a rich tradition of life history writing, the main subjects of this literature are Melanesian men. In writing about a Polynesian woman leader, we address both geographic and gender imbalances.
0022-3344
Spark, Ceridwen
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Corbett, Jack
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Spark, Ceridwen
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Corbett, Jack
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Spark, Ceridwen and Corbett, Jack (2020) Fiame Naomi Mata’afa: Samoa’s first female Deputy Prime Minister. Journal of Pacific History. (doi:10.1080/00223344.2020.1713069).

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Abstract

In March 2016, Fiamē Naomi Mata‘afa was the first woman appointed to the position of deputy prime minister of Sāmoa. Following in the tradition of Pacific Islands Portraits, we provide a short life history of Fiamē, including her lineage, education and political career. Drawing on a mixture of oral history interviews and newspapers, we explore key themes central to Pacific politics, including gender, but also, title, political parties, the role of the international community, and modernization. Our contribution is significant because while the region has a rich tradition of life history writing, the main subjects of this literature are Melanesian men. In writing about a Polynesian woman leader, we address both geographic and gender imbalances.

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Accepted/In Press date: 19 September 2019
e-pub ahead of print date: 23 February 2020

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Local EPrints ID: 436874
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/436874
ISSN: 0022-3344
PURE UUID: a7e188a6-e078-413e-9643-54a8c0f603ad
ORCID for Jack Corbett: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-2005-7162

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Date deposited: 13 Jan 2020 17:31
Last modified: 07 Oct 2020 02:08

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