Useful sources on Pacific development (Literature and Organisations)

For doing any Pacific Island topic, you should consult the Outline Bibliography on the Pacific Islands in "Open Reserve" at W 1298, which contains details of readings in our Library about the Pacific Islands, as well as theoretical work on aspects of development in the region. This is your primary guide for work in this subject. It contains also a guide to journals in the library, bookshops, sites on the World Wide Web and other information for those studying the Pacific Islands.

There is no textbook for this subject. However, to gain a good overview of the Pacific islands, there is an authoritative tourist guide with useful historical and cultural:

Stanley, David. 1996. South Pacific handbook. Sixth Edition. Chico, Moon Publications. ISBN 1566910404
            [local distributor is E. J. Dwyer (Australia) Pty. Ltd., Locked Bag 71, Alexandria NSW 2015; Telephone 550–2355; FAX: 519-3218. Original Publishers: AUD 29.95

Pacific Islands, specialist guides and surveys

Bauer, Peter, Savenaca Siwatibau and Wolfgang Kasper. 1991. Aid and development in the South Pacific. Pacific Papers 2. St. Leonards, Centre for Independent Studies.

Crocombe, Ron. 1990. The new South Pacific. An Introduction. Suva, The University of the South Pacific.

Douglas, Norman & Ngaire. 1995. Pacific islands yearbook. Fifteenth Edition. Suva, Pacific Islands Monthly.

Fairbairn, Te‘o I. J., Charles E. Morrison, Richard W. Baker and Sheree A. Groves. 1991. The Pacific Islands. Politics, economics and international relations. Honolulu, International Relations Program, East-West Center.

Hoadley, Stephen. 1992. The South Pacific foreign affairs handbook. Sydney, Allen & Unwin, in association with the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs.

Howe, K. R. 1984. Where the waves fall. A new South Sea Islands history from first settlement to colonial rule. Pacific Islands Monograph Series, Nº 2. Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawaii. Honolulu, University of Hawaii Press.

Mamak, Alexander & Grant McCall (eds.). 1978. Paradise postponed. Essays on research and development in the South Pacific. London & Sydney, Pergamon Press.

McCall, Grant (General Editor). 1990. Sydney talk. Australia in the South Pacific. Kensington, Centre for South Pacific Studies.

New Zealand, Government of. 1986. Atlas of the South Pacific. Wellington, Government Printing Office.

Oliver, Douglas L. 1988. Oceania: The native cultures of Australia and the Pacific Islands. Honolulu, University of Hawaii Press. Two volumes.

Scarr, Deryck. 1990. The history of the Pacific Islands. Kingdoms of the reefs. South Melbourne, The Macmillan Company.

Some general works on ODA (Official Development Assistance or "Aid")

AIDAB (Australian International Development Assistance Bureau. 1991. Learning from experience. A synthesis of AIDAB evaluations. Evaluation Report Nº 5. Canberra, Australian Government Printing Service.

Aldrich, Robert & John Connell. 1998. The last colonies. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.

Apthorpe, Raymond, Brian Benson and Yvette Stern. 1992. Arguing for aid: Some Australian voices. Pacific Studies Monograph Nº 5. Kensington, Centre for South Pacific Studies.

Apthorpe, Raymond & Des Gasper (eds.). 1996. Arguing development policy: Framees and discourses. London, Frank Cass in association with EADI, European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes, Geneva.

Australian International Development Assistance Bureau (AIDAB). "Poverty alleviation through Australian development cooperation". International Development Issues Nº 15. Canberra, AIDAB. [This is part of a series on various topics]

Baird, Vanessa (editor). 1995. "Back to the Future" Issue. New Internationalist Nº 269 (July).

Barnett, Tony. 1989. Social & economic development. An introduction. New York, The Guilford Press.

Bello,Walden & Stephanie Rosenfeld. 1992. Dragons in distress. Asia’s miracle economies in crisis. London, Penguin.

Brazier, Chris (Guest Editor). "Development: A guide to the ruins". New Internationalist (special issue) Nº 232 (June).

Goldthorpe, John. 1996. The sociology of post–colonial societies. Economic disparity, cultural diversity and development. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.

Hancock, Graham. 1989. Lords of poverty. London, MacMillan.

Hulme, David & Mark Turner. 1990. Sociology & development: Theories, policies & practices. New York, Harvester/Wheatsheaf.

Porter, Doug, Allen Bryant and Gaye Thompson. 1991. Development in practice. Paved with good intentions. London and New York, Routledge.

Stone, Roger D. 1992. The nature of development. A report from the rural tropics for sustainable economic growth. New York, Knopf.

Warry, Wayne. 1992. "The eleventh thesis: Applied anthropology as Praxis". Human Organisation 51: 155-163.


Anderson, Benedict. 1991. Imagined communities. Reflections on the origin and spread of nationalism. Revised and Enlarged Second Edition. London, Verso Press.

Chattergee, Partha. 1986. Nationalist thought and the colonial world. London, Zed Books.

Cohen, A. P. 1985. The symbolic construction of community. London, Tavistock Institute.

Gellner, Ernest. 1983. Nations and nationalism. Oxford, Basil Blackwell.

Oyama, N. 1990. "Some recent trends in Japanese values: Beyond the individual vs collective dimension". International Sociology 5: 445-459.

Development & the environment

AIDAB (Australian International Development Assistance Bureau). 1991. Ecologically sustainable development. Canberra, Australian Government Publishing Service.

A special number of Third World Planning Review (1982, Vol. 4 (Nº 3, August) is devoted to environmental issues.

Brookfield, Harold. 1988. "Sustainable development & the environment". Journal of Development Studies 25: 126-135.

Burger, Julian. 1991. The Gaia atlas of first peoples. A future for the indigenous world. Foreword by Maurice F. Strong. A Gaia Original. London, Gaia Books (Penguin)

IUCN-The World Conservation Union, UNEP-United Nations Environment Programme & WWF-World Wide Fund for Nature. 1991. Caring for the earth. A strategy for sustainable living. Gland, IUCN, UNEP & WWF.

deVos, Susan, A. Clerk & K. Murty. 1987. "Family & fertility in context: Comments on some Caldwellian themes". Journal of Comparative Family Studies 18: 127-136.

London, B. 1987. "Ending ecology’s ethnocentrism: The replications & extensions of ecological research". Rural Sociology 52: 483-500.

Macpherson, C. 1988. "The road to power is a chainsaw: Villages and innovation in Western Samoa". Pacific Studies 11: 1-24.

O’Conner, J. 1989. "Uneven and combined development and ecological crisis: A theoretical introduction". Race & Class 30: 1-11.

Scarce, R. 1987. "Women of tomorrow: Issues & alternative futures". Futures 19: 701-706.

Thomas-Slayter, Barbara P. 1992. "Implementing effective local management of natural resources: New roles for NGOs in Africa". Human Organisation 51: 136-143.

Development, underdevelopment and modernization

Blomstrom, Magnus & Bjorn Hettne. 1984. Development theory in transition. The dependency debate & beyond: Third World responses. London, Zed Press.

Connell, R. W. 1983. "Class formation on a World Scale". Which Way is Up? Essays on Class, Sex & Culture. Sydney, George Allen & Unwin. Pp. 162-86.

Deutschman, C. 1987. "The Japanese type of organisation as a challenge to the sociological theory of modernisation". Thesis Eleven 17: 40-58.

Hill, Polly. 1986. Development economics on trial The anthropological case for a prosecution. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.

Kendel, T. & M. Martin. 1989. Studies in development & change in the modern world. Oxford, Oxford University Press.

Krause, Elizabeth L. 1992. "The looking glass of historic preservation in Micronesia: A reflection of modernization and changing values". Human Organisation 51: 197-201.

Pavlich, G. 1988. "Re-evaluating modernisation & dependency in Lesotho". Journal of Modern African Studies 26: 591-605.

Rostow, Walter Whitman. 1960. The stages of growth. An anti-communist manifesto. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.

Seitz, John L. 1987. The politics of development. An introduction to global issues. Oxford, Basil Blackwell.

Sivanandon, A. 1989. "New circuits of imperialism". Race & Class 30: 1-19.

Thomas, Nicolas. 1994. Colomialism’s culture. Anthropology, travel and government. Melbourne, Melbourne University Press.

Waley, T. & E. Conda. 1988. "Gross national consumption in the U.S.: Implications for Third World development". International Journal of Contemporary Sociology 25: 165-175.

Wimberley, D. 1990. "Investment dependence & alternative explanations of Third World mortality: A cross-national study". American Sociological Review 55: 75-91.

The "Third World"

Al Assam, M. 1989. "Bureaucracy & development in the Sudan". Journal of Asian & African Studies 24: 28-48.

Foster-Carter, A. 1987. "Korea: From dependency to democracy"? Capital & Class 33: 7-19.

Goodell, G. 1982. "Conservatism & foreign aid". Policy Review 19: 111-131.

Harris, Nigel. 1987. The end of the Third World. Newly industrializing countries and the decline of an ideology. London, I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.

Marshall, S. 1984. "Paradoxes of change: Culture crisis, Islamic revival & the re-activation of patriarchy". Journal of Asian & African Studies 19: 1-17.

McCall, Grant. 1980. "The four worlds of experience and action". Third World Quarterly 2: 536-45.

Said, A. 1988. "Western arrogance, Islamic fanaticism & terrorism". Terrorism 11: 378-384.

Saunders, J. 1976. "Impact & consequences of the military transfer of technology to developing countries". Australia & New Zealand Journal of Sociology 12: 204-212.

Worsley, Peter. 1980. "One world or three? A critique of the world system of Immanuel Wallerstein". In Ralph Milliband & John Saville (eds.), The Socialist Register for 1980. Pp. 298-338.

Development and migration

Ahlburg, Dennis A. 1991. Remittances and their impact: A study of Tonga and Western Samoa. Pacific Policy Paper Nº 7. Canberra, National Centre for Development Studies, The Australian National University.

Ahlburg, Dennis A. 1992. "Remittances and the income distribution in Tonga". Unpublished Manuscript of paper to be presented at a national conference on remittances, Wellington, August 1992.

Ahlburg, Dennis A. and Michael Levin. 1990. The Northeast passage: A study of Pacific Island migration to American Samoa and the USA. Pacific Research Monograph Nº 23. Canberra, National Centre for Development Studies, The Australian National University.

Brown, Richard P. C. & John Connell (eds.). 1995. "Migration and remittances in the South Pacific". Special Issue of Asian & Pacific Migration Journal 4 (Nº 1).

McCall, Grant & John Connell (eds.). 1993. A World Perspective on Pacific Islander Migration: Australia, New Zealand and the USA. Pacific Studies Monograph Nº 6. Kensington, Centre for South Pacific Studies.

Pertierra, Raul (ed.), with Minda Cabilao, Marna Escobar and Alicia Pingol. 1992. Remittances and returnees. The cultural economy of migration in Ilocos. Quezon City, New Day Publishers.

Poirine, Bernard. 1994. "Rent, emigration & unemployment in Small Islands: The MIRAB model and the French overseas departments and territories". World Development 22 (Nº 12): 1997–2009.

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