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Troubled lands: sovereignty and livelihoods in the Marquesas Islands
- Donaldson, Emily C.
- TheInternational journal of environmental studies 2018 v.75 no.2 pp. 343-360
- fruit trees, land ownership, land policy, livelihood, politics, France, French Polynesia
- In the course of their daily subsistence activities, Marquesan Islanders exercise a form of sovereignty that defies the cumbersome land regulations established by the state (France) and the territory (French Polynesia). A complex network of land owners, workers and caretakers shapes the way islanders use the land, perpetuating customary patterns of tenure and resisting imposed structures of power. Fruit trees apparently planted for financial gain are in fact a pointed political statement about islanders’ struggle for influence and the continuing power of their past.