Petroleum Planning as State Building in Timor-Leste

Bovensiepen, Judith, Nygaard-Christensen, Maj (2018) Petroleum Planning as State Building in Timor-Leste. Special Issue of The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology: Megaprojects and National Development Models in Timor-Leste, 19 (5). pp. 412-431. ISSN 1444-2213. (doi:10.1080/14442213.2018.1513060)

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Abstract

This article examines the aesthetics and contestations surrounding the planning of a far-reaching petroleum infrastructure and development scheme on the south coast of Timor-Leste. The project, known as Tasi Mane, is symptomatic of the central role that oil and gas revenues have come to play in the country’s development. The article explores how promises of prosperity mobilise visions of societal improvement that were once associated with independence and examines some of the social and political effects that the anticipation of petroleum wealth and infrastructure engenders. While the availability of revenues from oil and gas generate modernist imaginaries of prosperity, the Tasi Mane project can itself be seen as a technology of state building. This process is, however, fraught with contradictions, since a state’s legitimacy and autonomy are dependent on recognition by others.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/14442213.2018.1513060
Uncontrolled keywords: oil and gas; resource curse; post-conflict reconstruction; political authority; state building; sovereignty
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
J Political Science
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation
Depositing User: Judith Bovensiepen
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2018 05:58 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 20:58 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/68475 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Bovensiepen, Judith: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6092-7874
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