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Stuart Kirsch

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780520297944

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520297944.001.0001

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When the Intervention Fails, Does the Research Still Matter?

When the Intervention Fails, Does the Research Still Matter?

Overtaken by Events in Solomon Islands

(p.107) Four When the Intervention Fails, Does the Research Still Matter?
Engaged Anthropology

Stuart Kirsch

University of California Press

This chapter discusses a consultancy on property and pollution associated with a legal action representing indigenous landowners against the owners of a gold mine outside Honiara in the Solomon Islands. After the lawsuit against the mine failed and the country was overtaken by civil conflict, I was unable to return for fifteen years. During archival research conducted in 2014, I learned that my earlier work on land rights helps to explain the civil conflict between local landowners and labor migrants in the plantation sector. Consequently, the chapter shows how ethnographic data produced in the context of engaged research projects may find relevance in changed circumstances.

Keywords:   archival research, civil conflict, migrants, mining, plantation, pollution, property, Solomon Islands

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