Re: Tahiti News

Cameron Laird (claird@STARBASE.NEOSOFT.COM)
Thu, 14 Sep 1995 09:03:00 -0500

I'm sure Maddog knows this, but it's worth making explicit
in anthropologic conversation: Chirac's assertion sounds
less ludicrous in French. This is not only because it
serves French national interests, but because the French
cultural notion of "nation" is different (subtly) from
those common in English-speaking countries. It does not
excuse brutality or injustice committed by the state of
France, but it is both interesting and potentially use-
ful to understand yet another variation on the question
recently raised here about what is a "people" (and where
is their land).

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