Kanak women and the colonial process

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Title Kanak women and the colonial process
Author Berman, Alan Byron
Journal Name International Journal of Law in Context
Year Published 2006
Place of publication United Kingdon
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Abstract Kanaks are the indigenous Melanesian population in New Caledonia. This article explores the experiences unique to Kanak women after colonisation, including the impact of French colonial laws and policies on gender relations in the indigenous community. Kanak women have assumed largely concealed roles in the colonial period. Little literature deals specifically with the impact of French colonisation on Kanak women, possibly reflecting the dominant colonial tendency to discount the historical, cultural, socio-economic and political significance of Kanak women in the colonial era. The French colonisers fortified their control by sharpening and maintaining hierarchical differences based on race, class, gender, sexuality and space between the indigenous peoples and the colonisers. The emphasis on discrete boundaries was reinforced by repressive colonial laws, such as the indigenat, an emblem of colonial control exemplifying collusion between an indigenous patriarchy and the colonial administrators.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=IJC
Copyright Statement Copyright 2006 Cambridge University Press. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 2
Issue Number 1
Page from 11
Page to 36
ISSN 1744-5523
Date Accessioned 2006-06-06
Language en_AU
Faculty Griffith Law School
Subject Indigenous Law
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/14048
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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