(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2002)

Document title

Indirect rule and the rule of law in Samoa

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)



The application of European conceptions of the sovereign state modified the politics of land in ways that changed the expression of social relations on the land. This aspect of human territoriality (control over natural resource access and use) is commonly overlooked in analyses of state formation. Indirect rule also created the state's dependence on the character of custom and reinforced a basic tension undermining state authority : by protecting the local control of land, it limited state capacities to articulate and enforce the rule of law. The A. examines the way this tension was mediated, east and west of a line of partition


Article of periodic

published at : Journal of historical geography / ISSN 0305-7488 / CODEN JHGEDP

Editor : Academic Press, London ; Academic Press, San Francisco, CA ; Academic Press, New York, NY - ROYAUME-UNI (1975)

Millesime : 2002, vol. 28, no3 [pp. 380-396]

Bibliographic references : en notes

Collation : Illustration ;




Laboratoire INTERGEO - Paris

INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 19070

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