Why have the struggles of the African Diaspora so resonated with South Pacific people? How have Maori, Pasifika and Pakeha activists incorporated the ideologies of the African diaspora into their struggle against colonial rule and racism, and their pursuit of social justice?
This book challenges predominant understandings of the historical linkages that make up the (post-)colonial world. The author goes beyond both the domination of the Atlantic viewpoint, and the correctives now being offered by South Pacific and Indian Ocean studies, to look at how the Atlantic ecumene is refracted in and has influenced the Pacific ecumene. The book is empirically rich, using extensive interviews, participation and archival work and focusing on the politics of Black Power and the Rastafari faith. It is also theoretically sophisticated, offering an innovative hermeneutical critique of post-colonial and subaltern studies.
The Black Pacific is essential reading for students and scholars of Politics, International Relations, History and Anthropology interested in anti-colonial struggles, anti-racism and the quests for equality, justice, freedom and self-determination.
Comment: As mentioned in the summary of the book, it is essential reading for students of a number of disciplines who are interested in anti-colonialism and anti-racism, and is thus a useful piece of interdisciplinary literature. The author introduces the concept of a 'Black Pacific', locating his research within the field of Black Atlantic studies, and demonstrates the Pacific as the under-researched counterpart to this field. The book weaves together the connections between Black Power, Rastafarianism and contemporary anti-colonial political projects in the Pacific. It is also a study into global diaspora and the connections between among African, diasporic African peoples and Pacific Islanders. The book further elaborates on models decolonial ways of rethinking international relations.