Defining citizenship for a new nation: Papua New Guinea, 1972–1974

Ritchie, Jonathan 2013, Defining citizenship for a new nation: Papua New Guinea, 1972–1974, Journal of Pacific history, vol. 48, no. 2, pp. 144-161, doi: 10.1080/00223344.2013.787911.

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Title Defining citizenship for a new nation: Papua New Guinea, 1972–1974
Author(s) Ritchie, JonathanORCID iD for Ritchie, Jonathan
Journal name Journal of Pacific history
Volume number 48
Issue number 2
Start page 144
End page 161
Total pages 18
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2013-06-03
ISSN 0022-3344
Keyword(s) history
Papua New Guinea
Summary A key part of any process of decolonisation is the need for the emerging nation to determine the rules for citizenship. In Papua New Guinea, what it meant to be a citizen was the first topic that the Constitutional Planning Committee considered when it set about its task to develop a ‘home grown’ constitution in late 1972. The process by which it first comprehended this matter and then involved thousands of Papua New Guineans in their villages, missions and schools in a territory-wide exercise in consultation forms the subject of this paper. The records of the discussions that took place between February and April of 1973 reveal much of how the criteria for membership of the national enterprise came to be established. This case study of defining citizenship in PNG demonstrates the intensive consultation of the local peoples on key issues in nation-building and reveals the high degree of Indigenous agency in the decolonisation process.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/00223344.2013.787911
Field of Research 210313 Pacific History (excl New Zealand and Maori)
Socio Economic Objective 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2013, Taylor & Francis
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