Regional Autonomy and Indigenous Exclusivism in Bali

Regional Autonomy and Indigenous Exclusivism in Bali International Journal on Minority and Group Rights 11 : 143–157, 2004. 143 © Koninklijke Brill NV. Printed in the Netherlands. Regional Autonomy and Indigenous Exclusivism in Bali FREDERICK RAWSKI AND JOHN MACDOUGALL* 1. Introduction Much has been written about the ‘indigenous peoples’ of Indonesia in the fields of anthropology, law and politics. Most of this literature focuses on the unique culture, or not-so-unique history of disenfranchisement, of isolated groups of rain forest dwellers living throughout the archipelago. This article will take a much broader approach to issues of indigenous identity in Indonesia by examining the increasingly important role that notions of cultural authenticity play in the local political economies that have developed in the wake of the recent devolution of political power from national to regional institutions. While much of the interna- tional debate on indigenous rights has focused on the viability of prospective claims to independence, this article will direct its focus on the complex dynamics of regimes of political autonomy within the State. 1 Indonesia continues to be the site of high-profile conflicts involving indigenous minorities seeking full independence from the State, such as in Aceh, East Timor and West Papua, where the government’s offers of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal on Minority and Group Rights Brill

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Brill
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© 2004 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1385-4879
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1571-8115
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10.1163/1571811041631308
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International Journal on Minority and Group Rights 11 : 143–157, 2004. 143 © Koninklijke Brill NV. Printed in the Netherlands. Regional Autonomy and Indigenous Exclusivism in Bali FREDERICK RAWSKI AND JOHN MACDOUGALL* 1. Introduction Much has been written about the ‘indigenous peoples’ of Indonesia in the fields of anthropology, law and politics. Most of this literature focuses on the unique culture, or not-so-unique history of disenfranchisement, of isolated groups of rain forest dwellers living throughout the archipelago. This article will take a much broader approach to issues of indigenous identity in Indonesia by examining the increasingly important role that notions of cultural authenticity play in the local political economies that have developed in the wake of the recent devolution of political power from national to regional institutions. While much of the interna- tional debate on indigenous rights has focused on the viability of prospective claims to independence, this article will direct its focus on the complex dynamics of regimes of political autonomy within the State. 1 Indonesia continues to be the site of high-profile conflicts involving indigenous minorities seeking full independence from the State, such as in Aceh, East Timor and West Papua, where the government’s offers of

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Published: Jan 1, 2004

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