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Beyond Oligarchy?: Critical Exchanges on Political Power and Material Inequality in Indonesia

Beyond Oligarchy?: Critical Exchanges on Political Power and Material Inequality in Indonesia Danilyn Rutherford reflects on the myth that the Papuan inhabitants of western New Guinea are still living in the Stone Age. She suggests how this assumption has shaped the territory's history, not to mention the research of scholars like herself. Her current research is showing how the Stone Age fantasy stems from Dutch officials' experiences of intimacy and vulnerability while attempting to extend colonial rule in the highlands. The case of West Papua invites us to tell a new story about colonialism: one that begins with weakness, not strength. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Indonesia Society for Japanese Studies

Beyond Oligarchy?: Critical Exchanges on Political Power and Material Inequality in Indonesia

Indonesia , Volume 96 (1) – Oct 29, 2013

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Society for Japanese Studies
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Copyright @ Cornell Southeast Asia Program
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0019-7289
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Abstract

Danilyn Rutherford reflects on the myth that the Papuan inhabitants of western New Guinea are still living in the Stone Age. She suggests how this assumption has shaped the territory's history, not to mention the research of scholars like herself. Her current research is showing how the Stone Age fantasy stems from Dutch officials' experiences of intimacy and vulnerability while attempting to extend colonial rule in the highlands. The case of West Papua invites us to tell a new story about colonialism: one that begins with weakness, not strength.

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IndonesiaSociety for Japanese Studies

Published: Oct 29, 2013

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