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Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Timor-Leste

ISBN 9781138654563
Published March 18, 2019 by Routledge
370 Pages 26 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Reflecting on the legacies of Timor-Leste's remarkable journey from colonialism to sovereign and democratic Independence, the Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Timor-Leste provides a comprehensive and up-to-date reference work on all aspects of life in Timor-Leste.

Following an introduction and overview of the country, the Handbook is divided into five parts:

  • Politics and governance
  • Economics and development
  • Social policies and the terms of inclusion
  • Cultural impacts
  • Regional relations

Written by an international team of experts, the Handbook covers the principle concerns that have contributed significantly to the shape and character of contemporary Timor-Leste. It offers a timely and valuable reference guide for students, scholars and policymakers with an interest in International Relations, Southeast Asian Studies and Peace Studies.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Timor-Leste: Historical legacies and contemporary challenges, Andrew McWilliam and Michael Leach

Part I: Politics and Governance

2. An unfinished journey: Timor-Leste’s path to democracy, Rui Graça Feijó

3. Gusmão’s ruling strategy: From peace-building to purchase and coercion, Douglas Kammen

4. Shifting ground: flexible alliances and generational change in post-independence politics, Maj Nygaard-Christensen and Angie Bexley

5. Lisan, state, church and community: displacement, syncretism, cohabitation, David Hicks

6. The future of East Timorese nationalism, Michael Leach

Part II: Economics and Development

7. When the oil runs dry, Charlie Scheiner

8. From ‘special treatment’ to a Special Economic Zone: antecedents to ZEESM in the Oecusse-Ambeno enclave, Laura Meitzner Yoder

9. Timor-Leste is a rich country, but also a poor one: the effect and effectiveness of public transfer schemes, Joanne Wallis

10. On Brexit worries: migration and remittance landscapes in Timor-Leste, Andrew McWilliam and Carmeneza Dos Santos Monteiro

Part III: Social Policies and the Terms of Inclusion

11. House-life, Oikopolitics, and the failures of social housing in Timor-Leste, Gabe Tusinski

12. Towards an integrated and accessible mental health care system in Timor-Leste, Susana Barnes Lisa Palmer, Ritsuko Kakuma and Benjamin Larke

13. Internal displacement in Timor-Leste, Pyone Myat Thu

14. Veterans and the politics of citizenship, Lia Kent

15. Well-known and little understood: martial arts groups in Timor-Leste, Janina Palwelz

Part IV: Cultural Impacts

16. Culture as symbol: customary marriage practices under transformation in urban Timor-Leste, Kelly Silva

17. Mane Ho Feto Kompleta Malu: gender Rrlations in contemporary Timor-Leste, Sara Niner

18. Paths to infinity: ancestorship, origin narratives and differentiation, Susana de Matos Viegas

19. Movimentu Kultura: making Timor-Leste, Leonor Veiga

20. The legacies of the (deep) past and the role of archaeology and cultural heritage in contemporary Timor-Leste, Nuno Vasco Oliveira

Part V: Regional Relations

21. Settling Timor-Leste’s international limits and boundaries, Clive Schofield and I Made Andi Arsana

22. Timor-Leste and ASEAN: from enmity to amity, exclusion to semi-inclusion, Maria Ortuoste

23. Overseas Chinese, soft power and China’s people-to-people diplomacy in Timor-Leste, Laurentina 'Mica' Barreto Soares

24. Performing and Transforming Citizenship among East Timorese in Indonesian West Timor,Andrey Damaledo

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Andrew McWilliam is Professor of Anthropology at Western Sydney University, Australia. He is a specialist in the anthropology of Eastern Indonesia and Timor-Leste. He is co-author of Property and Social Resilience in Times of Conflict: Land, Custom and Law in East Timor (2012).

Michael Leach is Professor of Politics at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia. He has researched and published widely on the politics and history of Timor-Leste and is the author of Nation Building and National Identity in Timor-Leste (Routledge, 2017).