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Negotiating Tradition and Nation: Mediations and Mediators in the Making of Urban Timor-Leste

Silva (da Silva), Kelly


In discussing marriage negotiations, this article analyses certain mediations and mediators that make up the dialectics of modernisation among contemporary urban middle-class elites in Timor-Leste. It brings to the fore the way particular Christian values are strategically used to reproduce, change or even enhance people�s agency regarding customary practices, and to circumscribe the marriage exchanges to the gift regime. Attitudes about fulfilling customary obligations vary, for they are...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2013
Type: Journal article
Source: Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, The
DOI: 10.1080/14442213.2013.821155


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