Pub. date: 2002 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412950664 | Print ISBN: 9780761922582 | Online ISBN: 9781412950664| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
South Pacific Islands
Tess Newton Cain
The South Pacific Islands do not get a great deal of attention from the criminological community. Many people in other nations have only a very hazy idea of where the South Pacific Islands are or what they might be like generally, let alone what might be the crime problems in such countries. South Pacific Islands refers to those nations that own and are served by the University of the South Pacific. They are Cook Islands, Fiji Islands, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu. Within this group, there are nations from each of the three broadest divisions of the Pacific based on language, ethnicity, and culture. These groupings are Melanesia, Polynesia, and Micronesia. All but one of these nations is an independent state. Tokelau is the exception, as it is part of New Zealand. In addition, Cook Islands and Niue are in compacts of ...