In The Long 'Run': Kanak Stockmen, the Cattle Frontier and Colonial Power Relations in New Caledonia, 1870-1988.

Abstract : For more than a century, from the 1870s to the 1980s, stockmen were important intermediaries and figures of power in the construction, maintenance and renewal of the colonial order in New Caledonia. Social relations constructed between Kanak and settlers working in the cattle "runs" permitted a unique form of mobility spanning the frontier. The relations developed between chiefs and cattle farmers are central to the processes by which certain administrative chieftaincies emerged in the late-nineteenth century, and by which Kanak entered the "political" sphere in the second half of the twentieth century. With reference to the locality of Koné, this article traces the political alliances fashioned between Kanak stockmen and their employers in the context of colonisation, rebellion, evangelisation, post-war political emancipation, local development and, finally, the struggle between supporters and opponents of independence in the 1980s.
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Benoît Trépied, Muckle Adrian. In The Long 'Run': Kanak Stockmen, the Cattle Frontier and Colonial Power Relations in New Caledonia, 1870-1988.. Oceania, Oceania Publications, 2010, 80 (2), pp.198-215. ⟨halshs-00631365⟩

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