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Serial Article

DOI data
DOI 10.23791/571115

Journal Data

Full Title
Pacific Geographies
Publisher (01) Association of Pacific Studies
Country of publication Germany (DE)
ISSN 2199-9104
Product Form Online Journal (JD)
Epub Format PDF (02)

Journal Issue Data
Journal Issue Number 57
Journal Issue Date (YYYY) 2022
Serial Article Data
Title The third independence referendum in New Caledonia – a fallback to colonialism?
By (author) (A01) Matthias Kowasch
Affiliation University College of Teacher Education Styria, Hasnerplatz 12, 8010 Graz, Austria, Full Professor
By (author) (A01) Simon P.J. Batterbury
By (author) (A01) Séverine Bouard
By (author) (A01) Eddie Wayuone Wadrawane
Number of Pages 5
First Page 11
Last Page 15
Language of text English (eng)
Publication Date (YYYY) 2022
Main description (01)
The third and final referendum in the French overseas territory New Caledonia on December 12, 2021, was wasted. Although the vote was legal and the result was clear (96.5% voting against independence), we argue – along with various international observers – that the schedule did not respect Kanak cultural traditions and the vote should be considered as undemocratic. As engaged scholars with different scientific backgrounds (geography, agronomy, education) and of different origins (German, British-Australian, French-Caledonian and indigenous Kanak), we critically examine the circumstances of the third referendum and analyse the reasons for the non-participation of the majority of independence supporters. We offer a number of observations on future prospects for the interrupted decolonization process and recommend the consideration of new forms of partnerships between France and New Caledonia.