Archive | Ethnic Studies

27 October 2009 ~ 0 Comments

DownFall of Fiji: Coup Culture or PostColonial Failure?

In response to the fourth coup in the Fiji Islands in as many as seventeen years, the international community demanded the restoration of democracy and order in the country. While Sitiveni Rabuka, Fiji’s first coup leader, expressed regret over introducing the concept of military takeover in the country, Dr Brij Lal—an architect of Fiji’s 1997 […]

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14 September 2009 ~ 0 Comments

Food More Important Than Democracy In Fiji?

This statement from Peceli Kinivuwaii of the depoused SDL Party is disheartening: “Because the majority of the people of Fiji – in particular the indigenous community – don’t know the meaning and the value of democracy. That is why people are left alone in the wilderness, particularly naive and totally oblivious to what is happening.” […]

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23 September 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Journal of Peasant Studies – Peasant Pasts: History and Memory in Western India

This book review should appear in the upcoming edition of the Journal of Peasant Studies. I cannot publish the whole bit here even though it is my work, since I signed over licensing rights but it should be available through your college databases. I don’t know whether I will have time for more book reviews […]

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04 September 2008 ~ 0 Comments

TOI Article – 'Why Blacks outrace Whites'

This was supposed to be posted in the “Olympic season” but better late than never. I think any study that starts with the central assumption that there is some great tangible genetic difference between a “black” or “white” person is bound to leave out other possible socio-cultural, geographical or evolutionary biology explanations. I have friends […]

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20 August 2008 ~ 0 Comments

American Muslims Not What You Think – Breaking from Stereotypes

There is this great Pakistani song titled “Yeh Hum Nahin” meaning “This is Not Us” as in “We are not Terrorists”–a truly great message. Here is a subtitled version: Anyway, I was reminded of that song as I discovered a surprisingly good editorial in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette this past weekend. It pretty much asks Americans […]

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