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Vanua as Environment: Conservation, Farming, and Development in Waitabu, Fiji

  title={Vanua as Environment: Conservation, Farming, and Development in Waitabu, Fiji},
  author={Hao-Li Lin},
This dissertation examines the idea of “environment” in Waitabu, an indigenous Fijian community on Taveuni Island, and how it influences the community’s participation in contemporary development projects. My main argument is that vanua (a Fijian concept often translated as “land” but which also encompasses people, community, and custom) is an important framework through which the community negotiates social and biological changes through time. In other words, it is an “environment” in its… Expand
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