Reconciling custom, citizenship and colonial legacies: Ni-Vanuatu tertiary student attitudes to national identity

Clarke, Matthew, Leach, Michael and Scambary, James 2013, Reconciling custom, citizenship and colonial legacies: Ni-Vanuatu tertiary student attitudes to national identity, Nations and nationalism, vol. 19, no. 4, pp. 715-738.

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Title Reconciling custom, citizenship and colonial legacies: Ni-Vanuatu tertiary student attitudes to national identity
Author(s) Clarke, Matthew
Leach, Michael
Scambary, James
Journal name Nations and nationalism
Volume number 19
Issue number 4
Start page 715
End page 738
Total pages 24
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Place of publication Chichester, England
Publication date 2013-10
ISSN 1354-5078
1469-8129
Keyword(s) anglophone
francophone
nation-building
Vanuatu
Summary Nation-building remains a key challenge in Vanuatu. From the origins of this new nation in 1980, it was clear that creating a unifying sense of national identity and political community from multiple languages and diverse traditional cultures would be difficult. This paper presents new survey and focus group data on attitudes to national identity among tertiary students in Vanuatu. The survey identifies areas of common attitudes towards nationalism and national identity, shared by both Anglophone and Francophone Ni-Vanuatu. However, despite the weakening ties between language of education and political affiliation over recent years, the findings suggest that there remain some key areas of strong association between socio-linguistic background, and attitudes to the nation, and national identity. These findings cast new light on the attitudes of likely future elites towards regional, ethnic, intergenerational and linguistic fault lines in Vanuatu and the challenges of building a cohesive sense of political community and national identity.
Language eng
Field of Research 160603 Comparative Government and Politics
Socio Economic Objective 940203 Political Systems
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2013, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30058714

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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