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dc.contributor.author Goodwin, Bryonny en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2010-06-17T20:46:03Z en_US
dc.date.available 2010-06-17T20:46:03Z en_US
dc.date.issued 2006 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Goodwin, Bryonny. 2006. "Supposed Figure of a Woman?" Homosociality in the British Solomon Islands, 1880-1940. M.A. thesis, Department of Anthropology, University of Auckland. en_US
dc.identifier.other Former Mana'o EPrint ID119 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10524/1622 en_US
dc.description Thesis (M.A.)--University of Auckland, 2006. en_US
dc.description Anthropology en_US
dc.description.abstract Drawing from research conducted in the Western Pacific High Commission archival collection, this project is based upon colonial conditions in the British Solomon Islands Protectorate (B.S.I.P.), ranging from 1880 (the earliest records) to 1940 (the outbreak of war in the Pacific). Focussing upon the extant correspondence between the Protectorate administration and the High Commission, I trace the development of a colonial culture in the margins of empire. That culture was marked by the homosocial governance of native men by white men. Ethnographically engaging with archival documents, I seek to move discussion of homosociality beyond Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick’s (1985) foundational analysis into a territory specifically colonial, and specifically raced. Fundamentally, I diverge from Sedgwick’s triangular delineation in which homosociality emerges from male rivalry over women, positing instead that it was a relationship conjured and manipulated by colonialists, defending a masculine ‘world in miniature’ (Keesing and Corris 1980) that excluded, if not maligned, women. Rather than rivalry, homosociality was born in the foundational violence of early imperial confrontation. I demonstrate how the destructive demonstrations of naval punitive investigations morphed into such a male-centred and anti-female phenomenon, and specifically read its manifestations in regard to the bureaucratic judicial system and debates over adultery legislation. This delineation is in contradistinction to dominant studies of colonial cultures which have often identified a strong fear of miscegenation as the underlying force of propulsion. Instead, through both examining masculinity for and of itself, and reorienting the lens of analysis away from the heteronormative, fruitful lines of anthropological enquiry and disruptive conclusions emerge. en_US
dc.subject Solomon Islands en_US
dc.subject colonialism en_US
dc.subject masculinity en_US
dc.subject homoeroticism en_US
dc.subject violence en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Ethnology en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Solomon en_US
dc.title Supposed Figure of a Woman?' Homosociality in the British Solomon Islands, 1880-1940 en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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