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Activism and Aid: Young Citizens’ Experiences of Development and Democracy in Timor-Leste by Ann Wigglesworth (review)

Activism and Aid: Young Citizens’ Experiences of Development and Democracy in Timor-Leste by Ann... Contemporary Southeast Asia Vol. 38, No. 3 (2016), pp. 536–39 DOI: 10.1355/cs38-3k © 2016 ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute ISSN 0129-797X print / ISSN 1793-284X electronic Activism and Aid: Young Citizens’ Experiences of Development and Democracy in Timor-Leste. By Ann Wigglesworth. Melbourne: Monash University Press, 2016. Softcover: 146pp. In Activism and Aid, Ann Wigglesworth delivers a clear and highly readable account of young Timorese’ experiences in development and democracy during the first decade of TimorLeste’s independence. The context of the book sits squarely within the domain of development literature, which seeks to question the effectiveness and relevance of international interventions that lack grounding in local realities. Timor-Leste was pegged as the United Nation’s (UN) “success story”, a country that was democratically established in 1999 after twenty-four years of Indonesian occupation. In the same year, the country descended into a political crisis to the perplexity of international players. The historically-devoid approach of the UN in its mandate to establish a bureaucracy post-Indonesia until 2002 positioned Timor-Leste at “ground zero”. Timor-Leste was variously described as a “clean slate” in which to import “democratic” development agendas. Timor-Leste was not, of course, a clean slate. While the capital city Dili and much http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Contemporary Southeast Asia: A Journal of International and Strategic Affairs Institute of Southeast Asian Studies

Activism and Aid: Young Citizens’ Experiences of Development and Democracy in Timor-Leste by Ann Wigglesworth (review)

Activism and Aid: Young Citizens’ Experiences of Development and Democracy in Timor-Leste by Ann Wigglesworth (review)


Contemporary Southeast Asia Vol. 38, No. 3 (2016), pp. 536–39 DOI: 10.1355/cs38-3k © 2016 ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute ISSN 0129-797X print / ISSN 1793-284X electronic Activism and Aid: Young Citizens’ Experiences of Development and Democracy in Timor-Leste. By Ann Wigglesworth. Melbourne: Monash University Press, 2016. Softcover: 146pp. In Activism and Aid, Ann Wigglesworth delivers a clear and highly readable account of young Timorese’ experiences in development and democracy during the first decade of TimorLeste’s independence. The context of the book sits squarely within the domain of development literature, which seeks to question the effectiveness and relevance of international interventions that lack grounding in local realities. Timor-Leste was pegged as the United Nation’s (UN) “success story”, a country that was democratically established in 1999 after twenty-four years of Indonesian occupation. In the same year, the country descended into a political crisis to the perplexity of international players. The historically-devoid approach of the UN in its mandate to establish a bureaucracy post-Indonesia until 2002 positioned Timor-Leste at “ground zero”. Timor-Leste was variously described as a “clean slate” in which to import “democratic” development agendas. Timor-Leste was not, of course, a clean slate. While the capital city Dili and much of the rural infrastructure was burnt to the ground, its people’s ways of thinking about the world and its ideas for an independent Timor-Leste were not simply swept away. Wigglesworth’s book exposes the inconsistencies of these processes. The core material of the book was drawn from the author’s doctoral...
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Contemporary Southeast Asia Vol. 38, No. 3 (2016), pp. 536–39 DOI: 10.1355/cs38-3k © 2016 ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute ISSN 0129-797X print / ISSN 1793-284X electronic Activism and Aid: Young Citizens’ Experiences of Development and Democracy in Timor-Leste. By Ann Wigglesworth. Melbourne: Monash University Press, 2016. Softcover: 146pp. In Activism and Aid, Ann Wigglesworth delivers a clear and highly readable account of young Timorese’ experiences in development and democracy during the first decade of TimorLeste’s independence. The context of the book sits squarely within the domain of development literature, which seeks to question the effectiveness and relevance of international interventions that lack grounding in local realities. Timor-Leste was pegged as the United Nation’s (UN) “success story”, a country that was democratically established in 1999 after twenty-four years of Indonesian occupation. In the same year, the country descended into a political crisis to the perplexity of international players. The historically-devoid approach of the UN in its mandate to establish a bureaucracy post-Indonesia until 2002 positioned Timor-Leste at “ground zero”. Timor-Leste was variously described as a “clean slate” in which to import “democratic” development agendas. Timor-Leste was not, of course, a clean slate. While the capital city Dili and much

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Contemporary Southeast Asia: A Journal of International and Strategic AffairsInstitute of Southeast Asian Studies

Published: Feb 4, 2016

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