Arguing for historicity in the study of globalization, this article juxtaposes an account of the 2000 takeover of the Fiji water bottling plant with an account of post-coups Fiji government proposals to spend national revenues (Fiji citizens' taxes) to purchase shares to be owned by ethnic Fijians. These recent events, involving a corporation purveying a global commodity and investment practices once colonially imported to Fiji, have been carried out with much objectification of the local, of indigenous ownership,and of place belonging as a basis for rights. The article finds ironies and inequities in takeover and shareholding practices as tactics for the establishment of rights, social justice, or reconciliation in the nation-state of Fiji.
Martha Kaplan; The Hau of Other Peoples' Gifts: Land Owning and Taking in Turn-of-the-Millennium Fiji. Ethnohistory 1 January 2005; 52 (1): 29–46. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00141801-52-1-29
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