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Wantoks and Kastom: Solomon Islands and Melanesia

Nanau, Gordon (2018) Wantoks and Kastom: Solomon Islands and Melanesia. In: The Global Encyclopaedia of Informality. UCL, London, pp. 244-248. ISBN 978‑1‑78735‑191‑2

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The wantok system in the Solomon Islands and the Melanesian countries more broadly, strongly links to the practices of group identity and belonging, reciprocity, and caring for one’s relatives. It is a term used to express patterns of relationships that link people in families, tribes, islands, provinces, nationality and even more superficially at greater Melanesian sub-regional aggregates. Various aspects of the wantok system are called different names by distinct language groups in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. Nevertheless, the word wantok originates from the English words ‘one talk’, which literally means in Melanesian pidgin (Tok Pisin, Pijin and Bislama), speakers of the same language.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Divisions: Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) > School of Government, Development and International Affairs
Depositing User: Gordon Nanau
Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2018 23:30
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2018 23:30

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