Mixing Metaphors: Differences in the language and understanding of development policy in the Pacific Islands

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Abstract:

The use of metaphors in the Pacific Islands reveal a discourse of representation and containment, which emphasizes ‘smallness’ in geographic, political and cultural aspects of development. Heather Wallace contrasts the language and strategies used by policymakers, particularly from Australia, to the understanding and knowledge of Pacific Islanders.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/dev.2009.73

Publication date: December 1, 2009

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