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TitleFieldwork in Timor-Leste : understanding social change through practice
Author edited by, Maj Nygaard-Christensen and Angie Bexley
ImprintCopenhagen, Denmark : NIAS Press, 2017
Descript xv, 261 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm

SUMMARY

"This ground-breaking exploration of research methodologies in Timor-Leste brings together ten authors (veterans and early-career researchers) who have contributed to founding the field of Timor studies and who broadly represent a range of fieldwork practices and challenges from colonial times to the present day. Here, they introduce readers to their experiences of conducting anthropological, historical and archival fieldwork in this new nation. The volume further explores how researchers might examine processes of 'nation-making' without taking particular claims about what constitutes Timorese national identity for granted. Many chapters thus deal with how preconceptions can be challenged when actually carrying out ethnographic or historical research. The volume thus reflects and highlights the contestations and deliberations that have been symptomatic of the country's nation-building process." -- Publisher's web site


CONTENT

Fieldword in a new nation / Maj Nygaard-Christensen, Angie Bexley -- Research past and research present: doing fieldwork in Portuguese Timor and Timor-Leste / David Hicks -- Lost traces : hunting the past in the colonial archives of Timor-Leste / Ricardo Roque -- Imagining ethnography : reflections on fieldwork in Lautem / Andrew McWilliam -- The Gera๐cไao Foun and Indonesia : exclusion, belonging and the nation-state / Angie Bexley -- Fantasy and fossilization in the study of Timor-Leste : territoriality, demography and status / Douglad Kammen -- Entanglements of power, kinship and time in Laclubar / Judith Bovensiepen -- Rocks don't recognise Malae : doing ethnographic research on land conflict in Timor-Leste / Pyone Myat Thu -- The UN document leak : the production of political controversy / Maj Nygaard-Christensen -- Research as active citizenship : public policy research in Timor-Leste / Guteriano N. Soares Neves -- Malae Melee : a failed attempt to observe the making of Timor-Leste's first feature film / Amy Rothschild


social change social conditions Fieldwork (Educational method) -- Timor-Leste Timor-Leste -- Social conditions

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