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This paper explores how official nationalist discourse is appropriated and reworked in local constructions. It draws on ethnographic fieldwork in the district of Aileu, East Timor, conducted before the Indonesian invasion and after the 1999 referendum. Bridging these two periods is a Mambai...
This paper seeks to demystify the failed uprising against the colonial administration in 1959 in remote south-eastern Portuguese Timor, an event which later was ably used as propaganda by Indonesian revisionist historians and pro-integration Timorese during the Indonesian occupation. Providing a...
This case study illustrates one effort to create a place for traditional justice, including formal recognition of both the authorities and the mechanisms for customary land and forest control, within the national system. Reflecting an explicitly political intention to undo the customary...
This paper outlines the historical formation of courts on the island of Roti. Drawing on the model of a court convened by the Dutch East India Company, each domain on the island fashioned its own court with local clan representation. In the case of the domain of Termanu, this court functioned...
Customary practices of dispute mediation and resolution have long provided informal and locally legitimate forms of redress and justice for Timorese communities. Drawing on the ethnography of Meto society in West Timor, this paper explores a range of cultural approaches surrounding conflict...
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