Export quality : representing Fijian bodies and the economy of war

Bolatagici, Torika 2011, Export quality : representing Fijian bodies and the economy of war, Asia Pacific viewpoint, vol. 52, no. 1, pp. 5-16, doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8373.2011.01438.x.

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Title Export quality : representing Fijian bodies and the economy of war
Author(s) Bolatagici, TorikaORCID iD for Bolatagici, Torika orcid.org/0000-0002-6099-8752
Journal name Asia Pacific viewpoint
Volume number 52
Issue number 1
Start page 5
End page 16
Total pages 12
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Place of publication Richmond, Vic.
Publication date 2011-04
ISSN 1360-7456
1467-8373
Keyword(s) contemporary photography
Fiji
masculinity
militarism
Pacific
private security military company
Summary Fijian bodies have become a valuable commodity in the economy of war. Remittances from workers overseas are Fiji’s largest income – exceeding that of tourism and sugar export. This essay examines historical and contemporary representations of the black male body that perpetuate the exploitation of Fijians by inscribing the Fijian male body as warrior, criminal and protector. Taking a multidisciplinary approach informed by sociology, cultural theory, Pacific studies, visual culture, feminist and post-colonial theory, my practice is the vehicle through which I address issues of neocolonial commodification of Fijian bodies. Through an analysis of my own staged photographs and vernacular images taken by Fijians working for private security military companies and British and US armies, I hope to challenge audiences to consider their own perceptions of Fijian agency and subjectivity. By theorising the politicisation of the black body and interrogating colonial representations of blackness, I argue that we can begin to create links between the historical and contemporary exploitation of Fijians and that at the essence of both is an underlying racial hierarchy and economic requirement for cheap and, arguably, expendable labour.
Notes Revision of paper previously presented at OCIS 2010 : Proceedings of the 4th Oceanic Conference on International Studies 2010, OCIS, [Auckland, N. Z.], pp. 1-21.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-8373.2011.01438.x
Field of Research 190104 Visual Cultures
190503 Lens-based Practice
200210 Pacific Cultural Studies
Socio Economic Objective 940115 Pacific Peoples Development and Welfare
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2011
Related work DU:30029449
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Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30033729

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