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Munro-Faure, Paul W. (1988) An approach to the examination of land management considerations in a development planning process: Some aspects of the changing role of the Native Land Trust Board of Fiji, 1940-1985. PhD thesis. SOAS University of London. DOI:

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The thesis aims to identify a philosophical approach to the question of how we can attempt to resolve problems in the social sciences. Two particular problem areas that have geographical relevance in this area are development planning and the management of the land resource. Following this defined approach relevant areas of theory are discussed and assessed in the light of the philosophical criteria A conceptual framework within which a development planning process might operate is proposed, and linkages with land identified. This material is viewed in the context of relevant information drawn from the experience of Fiji. It is argued that all 'development' results from individual and joint decisions in any given system (or impingeing thereon) being converted into action Until such time as substantial advances are made in individual and group behavioural theory, understanding of processes operating and the ability to predict outcomes (which it is argued is essential for effective development planning) will be very restricted. Understanding and the accumulation of knowledge in such circumstances may depend not so much upon the construction and testing of hypotheses but upon the careful observation, recording and analysis of changes. In the present case, pressures and processes resulting in changes in the management of Native Land are considered using detailed materials from field research. Conclusions are drawn regarding the philosophical approach adopted, development planning and the developed conceptual framework, and the processes of change and impacts arising from the policies and operations of the Native Land Trust Board in the context of Fiji's development for the period 1940-1985.

Item Type: Theses (PhD)
SOAS Departments & Centres: SOAS Research Theses > Proquest
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Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2018 14:57

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