Journal article

Nation building and resource management: The politics of 'nature' in Timor Leste

Lisa Palmer, Demetrio do Amaral de Carvalho

GEOFORUM | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2008

Abstract

This paper examines the role of custom and tradition in the process of nation building and resource management in post-independence Timor Leste (East Timor). While customary land tenure is alluded to but not explicitly recognized under the Timorese Constitution, it is clearly stated that all natural resources are owned by the State. However, this paper argues that rather than waiting for the government to create land and resource management related laws, local people in Timor Leste are making and remaking their own laws, mobilizing their customary practices and, increasingly, 'performing' their traditions in public demonstrations of their extant capacities. In part, this process can be read ..

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