Journal article

Ambivalent 'Indigeneities' in an independent Timor-Leste: Between the customary and national governance of resources

Lisa Palmer, Andrew McWilliam

ASIA PACIFIC VIEWPOINT | WILEY | Published : 2018

Abstract

Successfully achieving nationhood under the banner of what Anderson (2003) terms ‘aggregated nativeness’, Timor-Leste is southeast Asia's newest nation. Yet as Anderson asserts ‘for the culture of nationalism … survival cannot be enough’ (2003: 184) and as with all other nationalisms, Timor-Leste's nation-making agenda is now engaged in the search for inclusive futures for its citizens. In this paper, we examine the extent to which Timor-Leste's independence trajectory has included the active involvement of Indigenous Timorese traditions, practices and priorities in the governance of the new nation. By theorising these shifting ‘Indigenous’ ontologies and examining the ways in which they cor..

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