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The Land of Gold: Post-Conflict Recovery and Cultural Revival in Independent Timor-Leste

Bovensiepen, Judith M. (2015) The Land of Gold: Post-Conflict Recovery and Cultural Revival in Independent Timor-Leste. Cornell University Press, Ithaca, United States, 218 pp. ISBN 978-0-87727-797-2. (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:52586)

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Abstract

In the village of Funar, located in the central highlands of Timor-Leste, the disturbing events of the twenty-four-year-long Indonesian occupation are rarely articulated in narratives of suffering. Despite the experiences of forced resettlement and their marginalization in contemporary nation-building processes, Funar villagers emphasize their geographic centrality and the significance of the sacred land of the ancestors, a place where gold is abundant and life itself is thought to have originated. The Land of Gold argues that attempts to re-establish a mythical primordial unity with the land by reinvigorating ancestral practices are key to understanding the ways people in Timor-Leste are coming to terms with experiences of conflict and forced dislocation. Never leaving out of sight the intensive political and emotional dilemmas that the troublesome past imposes on people’s daily lives, The Land of Gold seeks to go beyond prevailing theories of post-conflict reconstruction that prioritize human-human relations. Instead, it explores the significance of the highlanders’ affective and ritual engagement with the environment and with their ancestors, while taking into account how processes of essentialisation can be a central part of social and political change.

Item Type: Book
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > Social and Cultural Anthropology
Depositing User: Judith Bovensiepen
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2015 09:24 UTC
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2020 04:13 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/52586 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Bovensiepen, Judith M.: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6092-7874
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