Ironies of globalisation: observations from Fiji and Kiribati

McNamara, Karen E. and Westoby, Ross (2014) Ironies of globalisation: observations from Fiji and Kiribati. The Journal of Pacific Studies, 34 2: 53-62.

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Author McNamara, Karen E.
Westoby, Ross
Title Ironies of globalisation: observations from Fiji and Kiribati
Journal name The Journal of Pacific Studies
ISSN 1011-3029
Publication date 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status
Volume 34
Issue 2
Start page 53
End page 62
Total pages 10
Place of publication Suva, Fiji
Publisher University of the South Pacific, Faculty of Business and Economics
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract This article explores a number of ironies of globalisation that have transpired from observations of working with communities in Fiji and Kiribati. These ironies illustrate the nexus that exists between culture and globalisation in the Pacific region. The overarching message of this article is that major shifts are transpiring across the Pacific region under the currents and pressures of globalisation. These currents are often viewed as essential for countries within the region to modernise, but they also present serious challenges and can undermine culture and agency, particularly for women, as explored in the examples provided throughout this article. These examples – considered throughout as ironies – are drawn from participant observation and working with a number of communities in Fiji and Kiribati in 2011-2012. Together these ironies highlight the clashes that unravel when transnational forces impact on local communities throughout the region.
Keyword Culture
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Institutional Status UQ

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