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La micropolitique de la mine en Nouvelle-Calédonie

Analyse des conflits autour d’un projet minier au sein d’une communauté kanak
Leah S. Horowitz
p. 254-271

Abstracts

This article examines the micropolitics within a Kanak community in New Caledonia, concerning a mining project. Because of its political and economic importance, local residents supported the project on the whole. However, disputes arose within the surrounding communities. In Kanak societies, prestige is acquired through the ability to claim membership of a clan that is among the first to arrive in a place, and thus has the right to make all decisions relating to land use. People viewed the recognition of these rights by the mining company as having the potential to either support or destabilise their social positions. People’s expectations in this regard also influenced their statements about the ecological consequences of the project as well as the risks of provoking the ancestors’anger.

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References

Bibliographical reference

Leah S. Horowitz, « La micropolitique de la mine en Nouvelle-Calédonie », Journal de la Société des Océanistes, 117 | 2003, 254-271.

Electronic reference

Leah S. Horowitz, « La micropolitique de la mine en Nouvelle-Calédonie », Journal de la Société des Océanistes [Online], 117 | Année 2003-2, Online since 22 May 2008, connection on 09 August 2020. URL : http://journals.openedition.org/jso/1305 ; DOI : https://doi.org/10.4000/jso.1305

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About the author

Leah S. Horowitz

Associée, Resource Management in Asia Pacific Program, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, AustralianNational University, leahh@ihug.com.au

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