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The End of Hawaii’s Plantations: Back to the Future?

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Title:The End of Hawaii’s Plantations: Back to the Future?
Authors:Boyd, Lawrence W., Jr.
Date Issued:Mar 1996
Publisher:ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
Citation:Boyd, L. W., Jr. (1996). The End of Hawaii’s Plantations: Back to the Future? AAPSS, 544, 95-110.
Abstract:This article explores the response taken by Hawaii's people and society to workers displaced by the closing of sugar and pineapple plantations. Rooted in culture, history, and a labor market that is institutionally different from that of much of the United States, the response to structural unemployment is both unconscious and systematic. Also explored is the potential impact these closures can have on Hawaii's economy and society. Will Hawaii go back to the future and return to a society dominated by a business oligarchy such as existed throughout much of the plantation era? Or will it go back to the future as happened with the Democratic Revolution of 1954 and the birth of the modern Hawaiian economy? Can we distinguish between the two approaches today? These questions will be resolved based on whether Hawaii's people decide on a renewal of traditional ideas and beliefs or on an overthrow of these ideas.
Description:Modified from original published version to conform to ADA standards.
Pages/Duration:21 pages
Rights:Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States
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