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Solomon Islands

Nanau, Gordon (2016) Solomon Islands. In: Pacific Ways: Government and Politics in the Pacific Islands (second edition). Victoria University Press, Wellington, pp. 291-311. ISBN 978-1-77656-068-4

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Solomon Islands had a population of approximately 515,870 people in the latest national census in 2009 with an annual population growth rate of 2.3 percent. Melanesians accounted for eighty percent of its population occupying the larger islands with Polynesians, Micronesians, Chinese, Europeans and others making up the remaining twenty percent. The country was granted flag independence in 1978 but nation building had been an uphill climb due to political events further consolidated people within their own geographical and language wantok groupings (i.e. closely linked people speaking the same language). Some wantok groups have called for political autonomy, and civil uprisings from 1998 to 2003, exemplifying national fragmentation, led to regional intervention to return law and order to the country. The country still needs to strengthen national consciousness and unity after more than three decades as an independent state.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Divisions: Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) > School of Government, Development and International Affairs
Depositing User: Gordon Nanau
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2016 04:10
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2017 23:52

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