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ERIC Number: EJ841549
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 21
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0161-6463
New Caledonian Development and the Kanak Voice
D'Hausteserre, Anne-Marie
American Indian Culture and Research Journal, v32 n3 p29-49 2008
This article analyzes how tourism, encouraged within New Caledonia by the French government, is used to (try to) overcome decades of colonial rule in spite of political and colonial resistance by the white settler community known as Caldoche. Caldoche often includes other white groups who have settled in New Caledonia, even if only temporarily. The article first justifies the postcolonial framework used for this analysis, including its limitations. It then describes the (post?) colonial context of New Caledonia. Tourism is examined from a postcolonial geographic perspective to determine its validity as a tool to rebalance economic wealth in New Caledonia through economic growth in areas where the Kanak population is predominant. One aim of tourism is to counter emigration so that people remain on and exploit the tribal lands located in the two provinces where the Kanak are the majority. Land alienation, in spite of the recent return of some land, has been a major issue because of the role of land in Kanak identity. The author does not presume to speak for the Kanak or express how they view or undertake tourism activities. The author does intend to examine and monitor the colonial imprint (or its abandonment or absence) in the implementation of plans for tourism development in New Caledonia and to report the results in anglophone publications. (Contains 7 figures and 60 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Caledonia