Regionalism, sub-regionalism and the politics of identity in Oceania

Stephanie Lawson*

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Regional organization in Oceania has a history dating to the early post-war period while the rise of regional identities occurred somewhat later in the context of independence. This paper analyzes regionalization processes and accompanying discourses of regionalism relating to both pan-Pacific and more recent sub-regional developments. It pays particular attention to the dynamics of identity politics in the post-independence period and how these have played out in tensions within and between the varying exercises in regionalization.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)387-409
Number of pages23
JournalPacific Review
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2016


  • Regionalism
  • sub-regionalism
  • identity politics
  • Pacific islands


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