By Sinclair Dinnen, Anita Jowitt, Tess Newton
With their wealthy traditions of clash answer and peacemaking, the Pacific Islands offer a fertile setting for constructing new techniques to crime and clash. Interactions among formal justice structures and casual equipment of dispute answer comprise necessary insights for coverage makers and others attracted to socially attuned resolutions to the issues of order which are discovered more and more within the Pacific Islands as in other places. members to this quantity comprise Pacific Islanders from Vanuatu, Fiji, the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea together with Bougainville, in addition to outsiders with a longstanding curiosity within the zone. they arrive from a number of backgrounds and contain felony justice practitioners, students, conventional leaders and group activists. The chapters care for clash in a number of contexts, from interpersonal disputes inside of groups to large-scale conflicts among groups. it is a e-book not just of reports but additionally of functional types that mix assorted traditions in artistic methods and that supply the chance of establishing extra sustainable resolutions to crime and clash.
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Violence as Continuity: Violence as Rupture — Narratives from an Urban Settlement in Vanuatu’. pp 201–203 Braithwaite, John 1989. Crime, Shame and Reintegration Recommendations of the National Stakeholders Summit on Juvenile Justice, Port Vila, 30th March 2001 — Draft Version. Garap, 2000, Mason, Merrin 2000. ‘Domestic Violence in Vanuatu’ Akin, David 1999. ‘Compensation and the Melanesian state: why the Kwaio keep claiming’ Steeves, Jeffrey S. 1996. ‘Unbounded politics in the Solomon Islands: leadership and party alignments’ Dinnen, Sinclair 2002.
For many Western-trained economists and technocrats, the resilient ‘cultures’ of Melanesia are often viewed as a major source of the inefficiencies and incapacity of state structures and a hindrance to ‘rational’ processes of economic accumulation and growth. A powerful counter message from the conference — and this book — is how these very same ‘cultures’ can be an important part of the solution to current problems. Much of the optimism is based on the resonance between restorative processes and indigenous traditions of dispute resolution, peacemaking and reconciliation.
27 Given that Village Courts usually operate alongside a number of unofficial community-based forums, many villagers expect them to be more formal in character. The operation of these courts varies significantly between different parts of the country. This variation is, in part, 17 18 a kind of mending evidence of how well these courts have adapted to local circumstances as intended originally. At the same time, adaptability can also become a source of injustice. 28 Women accused of adultery have been imprisoned while their male accomplices have gone unpunished.