Conflict, identity, and state formation in East Timor 2000-2017 / by James Scambary.
- Leiden : Brill, 
- Verhandelingen van het Koninklijk Instituut voor Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde; 1572-1892 311.
Verhandelingen van het Koninklijk Instituut voor Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde ; Volume 311, 1572-1892
xii, 252 pages : color illustrations, maps ; 25 cm.
Timor-Leste -- Politics and government -- 2002-
Timor-Leste -- Social conditions.
- In 'Conflict, Identity, and State Formation in East Timor 2000-2017', James Scambary analyses the complex interplay between local and national level conflict and politics in the independence period. Communal conflict, often enacted by a variety of informal groups such as gangs and martial arts groups, has been a constant feature of East Timor's post-independence landscape. A focus on statebuilding, however, in academic discourse has largely overlooked this conflict, and the informal networks that drive Timorese politics and society. Drawing on over a decade of fieldwork, Scambary documents the range of different cultural and historical dynamics and identities that drive conflict, and by which local conflicts and non-state actors became linked to national conflict, and laid the foundations of a clientelist state.
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 219-242) and index.
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