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Wasting Coconuts? Competing Visions for Environments and Economies in French Pacific Islands, 1900-1960

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Drawing on examples from Wallis and Futuna and the atolls of Tuamotu, this paper considers the social, economic and environmental tensions surrounding the use of coconuts in the 20th century. As an invaluable natural resource for these Pacific societies but also one of the only export products from the 19th century onward, coconut trees occupied a central place in remote island landscapes. However, as metropolitan demand for coconut oil and copra (the dried flesh of the nut) increased, French colonial visions for development of plantations and improved copra production impinged on existing uses of the palm. This paper will consider the differing visions for the future of Islanders and their islands, and the extent to which colonial plans transformed landscapes and diets. I argue that government encouragement towards more systematic and ‘scientific’ planting was limited in impact. By contrast, both deep local environmental knowledge as well as external factors such as market prices and transport networks fostered continuity in the use and production of coconuts in these island communities.
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Stevens, Kate. "Wasting Coconuts? Competing Visions for Environments and Economies in French Pacific Islands, 1900-1960" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASEH Annual Conference, Drake Hotel, Chicago, IL, <Not Available>. 2018-01-10 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p1170360_index.html>

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Stevens, K. "Wasting Coconuts? Competing Visions for Environments and Economies in French Pacific Islands, 1900-1960" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASEH Annual Conference, Drake Hotel, Chicago, IL <Not Available>. 2018-01-10 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p1170360_index.html

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Abstract: Drawing on examples from Wallis and Futuna and the atolls of Tuamotu, this paper considers the social, economic and environmental tensions surrounding the use of coconuts in the 20th century. As an invaluable natural resource for these Pacific societies but also one of the only export products from the 19th century onward, coconut trees occupied a central place in remote island landscapes. However, as metropolitan demand for coconut oil and copra (the dried flesh of the nut) increased, French colonial visions for development of plantations and improved copra production impinged on existing uses of the palm. This paper will consider the differing visions for the future of Islanders and their islands, and the extent to which colonial plans transformed landscapes and diets. I argue that government encouragement towards more systematic and ‘scientific’ planting was limited in impact. By contrast, both deep local environmental knowledge as well as external factors such as market prices and transport networks fostered continuity in the use and production of coconuts in these island communities.


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