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Globalisation and Mixed Heritage in Pacific New Caledonia

Dr Helen Johnson.

Using cases drawn from a decade of anthropological field research, the author investigates how people of mixed heritage describe their sociocultural interactions with local forms of globalisation in the Pacific Islands. Their narratives, which detail the challenges of ‘being metis’, parenting metis children, colonisation/ migration/ diaspora, and the contemporary need to traffick between different cultural milieux, not only provide compelling portrayals of metis lived experience but can also refine analyses of the ways that the social and political identities of contemporary Pacific peoples are inscribed by globalising discourses and practices.


Dr Helen Johnson  (Australia)
Senior Lecturer in Anthropology
The School of Social Science
The University of Queensland

Helen Johnson lectures in Anthropology at the University of Queensland, Australia. She has received Visiting Fellowships at the French University of the Pacific in New Caledonia, the University of British Columbia and Dalhousie University in Canada, and the University of Hawai’i - Manoa. She has contributed to diverse publications such as The Australian Journal of Anthropology, The Asian Journal of Women’s Studies, The Journal of Intercultural Studies, and Reader’s Guide to the Social Sciences.

  • Globalisation
  • Social Change
  • Mixed Heritage
  • Narrative

(30 min Conference Paper, English)