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Freedom in Entangled Worlds: West Papua and the Architecture of Global Power by Eben Kirksey, and: Laughing at Leviathan: Sovereignty and Audience in West Papua, by Danilyn Rutherford (review)

Freedom in Entangled Worlds: West Papua and the Architecture of Global Power by Eben Kirksey,... indigenous men and women protesting Indonesian rule in the provincial capital, Jayapura. He boarded a passenger ship to leave the city and ended up stranded on Biak island off the north coast, just in time to witness a landmark protest and the massacre of protestors by Indonesian military and police on 6 July 1998. Papuan resistance and the movement for merdeka (freedom or independence) is the focus of the book, centered by Kirksey's insistent question, "What are the possibilities of finding limited rights and justice while trapped within unwanted entanglements?" (1). His interests include the forms of hope West Papuans embraced in times of complete hopelessness (19), as well as thoughtful examinations of the strategies they have embarked on to keep merdeka alive even as Indonesian authorities have tried to destroy the movement with raw force (18). One of his key findings is that, as a result of violence or people's sense of disappointment in leaders, the struggle for merdeka frequently goes underground and emergent visionaries refigure hopes and desires (54). Based on multiple visits to West Papua over the course of his undergraduate and doctoral research projects, which took place from approximately 1998 to 2008, this book http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

Freedom in Entangled Worlds: West Papua and the Architecture of Global Power by Eben Kirksey, and: Laughing at Leviathan: Sovereignty and Audience in West Papua, by Danilyn Rutherford (review)

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 25 (2) – Aug 2, 2013

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indigenous men and women protesting Indonesian rule in the provincial capital, Jayapura. He boarded a passenger ship to leave the city and ended up stranded on Biak island off the north coast, just in time to witness a landmark protest and the massacre of protestors by Indonesian military and police on 6 July 1998. Papuan resistance and the movement for merdeka (freedom or independence) is the focus of the book, centered by Kirksey's insistent question, "What are the possibilities of finding limited rights and justice while trapped within unwanted entanglements?" (1). His interests include the forms of hope West Papuans embraced in times of complete hopelessness (19), as well as thoughtful examinations of the strategies they have embarked on to keep merdeka alive even as Indonesian authorities have tried to destroy the movement with raw force (18). One of his key findings is that, as a result of violence or people's sense of disappointment in leaders, the struggle for merdeka frequently goes underground and emergent visionaries refigure hopes and desires (54). Based on multiple visits to West Papua over the course of his undergraduate and doctoral research projects, which took place from approximately 1998 to 2008, this book

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The Contemporary PacificUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Aug 2, 2013

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