Friday, April 4, 2014

Ethnic and National Identification in Fiji Sociology Seminar

In this presentation, I discussed some key components of a sociological research on identification. It is a work in progress towards a degree in sociology, at the University of the South Pacific.

Project title: Exploring ethnic and national identification: An interpretive inquiry among persons of iTaukei and Indo-Fijian descent

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Summary: 

This is a research design of an explorative study to be conducted in Fiji on 'mixed race' persons of iTaukei and Indo-Fijian parentage. The study seeks to render an interpretive understanding of 'mixed race' ethnic and national identification based on interviews with participants in Suva, Fiji. The research questions are (a) how do persons of mixed parentage (iTaukei and Indo-Fijian) identify themselves with an ethnic label or labels? (b) what are the perspectives on the institutionalization of the term "Fijian" as a national identity label? (c) what do such experiences tells us about the racialization and politicization of ethnicity? This study is interesting and significant in light of the increasing number of 'multiracial' movements in Anglo-America; the small number of inter-marriages between iTaukei and Indo-Fijian citizens; and the recent policy change to identify all Fijian citizens with the term Fijian. The presentation covers the central aspects of research designs: the literature review (on Anglo-America & Fiji), conceptual framework, methodology, and the modest implications of the study.

This paper can be read with Power Point Presentation available at: 

Discussion Paper: 

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