Journal article

The unintended consequences of clarification: Development, disputing, and the dynamics of community in Ranongga, Solomon Islands

D McDougall

ETHNOHISTORY | DUKE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2005

Abstract

Outside agencies working in the Solomon Islands - whether a postwar land commission or a late-twentieth-century global environmental organization - have consistently called for the clarification of property rights as the necessary starting point for any form of economic development. Many residents of Ranongga, a small mountainous island in the Western Solomons, are eager to have their territorial rights recognized by national and international organizations and by other islanders. Yet transforming complex, crosscutting, localized relationships into abstract rights that are commensurable, predictable, and knowable to outsiders raises major political and ethical dilemmas for Ranonggan leaders...

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