What is it about?

This study explores the independence debate between France and New Caledonia, involving different social groups. Unlike typical analyses, it considers this as a dialogue involving multiple voices. The research shows that more powerful groups aim to sideline the Kanak people and other minorities by making them invisible and imposing their version of a shared destiny. By examining the language used in the discussions, the study reveals how these power imbalances work and highlights the importance of recognising and respecting the rights and perspectives of the Kanak Indigenous people of New Caledonia.

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Why is it important?

Even though the debate has ended, this study remains significant because it bravely explores the complex dynamics of the New Caledonian independence discussions. Unlike other studies, it views this discourse as a dialogue involving various voices. By exposing power imbalances and the marginalisation of certain groups, the research emphasises the importance of recognising and respecting diverse perspectives. This unique approach offers deeper insight into historical dialogues, fostering an enhanced understanding of the complexities within New Caledonian society.

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This page is a summary of: The Conjunction of a French Rhetoric of Unity with a Competing Nationalism in New Caledonia: A Critical Discourse Analysis, Argumentation, December 2017, Springer Science + Business Media,
DOI: 10.1007/s10503-017-9444-8.
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