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Engaging Processes of Sense-Making and Negotiation in Contemporary Timor-Leste

Bexley, A.; Nygaard-Christensen, M.

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The articles in this special issue build on past ethnographic inquiries and focus on political and social change since Timor-Leste independence. One of the things we have found particularly exciting about researching post-independent Timor-Leste has been to carry out fieldwork in a context where not just researchers, but also our informants, are caught up in processes of sense-making of determining what kind of place Timor-Leste as an independent nation is becoming. The reality...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorBexley, A.
dc.contributor.authorNygaard-Christensen, M.
dc.date.accessioned2014-06-05T05:19:18Z
dc.date.available2014-06-05T05:19:18Z
dc.identifier.issn1444-2213
dc.identifier.other1740-9314
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/11746
dc.description.abstractThe articles in this special issue build on past ethnographic inquiries and focus on political and social change since Timor-Leste independence. One of the things we have found particularly exciting about researching post-independent Timor-Leste has been to carry out fieldwork in a context where not just researchers, but also our informants, are caught up in processes of sense-making of determining what kind of place Timor-Leste as an independent nation is becoming. The reality of ethnographic research in such a context is far different from, as Ferguson (1999, 208) has it, the archetypal image of the anthropologist dropped into the middle of a cultural homogenous village community where the researcher acquires from local informants a degree of cultural fluency. Rather, while we as researchers have tried to learn about Timor-Leste, our informants, as citizens of a new nation, have been absorbed in a parallel process of learning, deliberating and at times contesting what kind of place Timor-Leste as an independent nation is, and should become in the future (see Kammen 2009). In other words, making sense of independent Timor- Leste has, over the past decade, been a project that preoccupies Timorese citizens as much as the foreign researcher. This issue addresses some of these processes of sense-making and negotiation; and highlights the ambiguities and paradoxes, while stressing the heterogeneity and unpredictability of contemporary Timor-Leste.
dc.format6 pages
dc.publisherTaylor & Francis
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dc.sourceAsia Pacific Journal of Anthropology 14.5 (2013): 399-404
dc.titleEngaging Processes of Sense-Making and Negotiation in Contemporary Timor-Leste
dc.typeJournal article
local.identifier.citationvolume14
dc.date.issued2013-11
local.identifier.absfor160104 - Social and Cultural Anthropology
local.identifier.ariespublicationu4455832xPUB269
local.publisher.urlhttp://www.routledge.com/
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationBexley, A., ANU School of Culture, History and Language
local.bibliographicCitation.issue5
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage399
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage404
local.identifier.doi10.1080/14442213.2013.834959
local.identifier.absseo970116 - Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
dc.date.updated2015-12-09T09:19:57Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-84886386264
local.identifier.thomsonID000325959500001
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