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Andre Borgerhoff

Competitive Nation-Building in Timor-Leste

With Particular Reference to the Discourse on the Postcolony’s ‘Language Tetralemma’ During the Years 2002-07

mai 2012, 394 s., kart., format 225 x 155 mm
isbn 978-3-940132-47-5
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Beschreibung

Nation-building is a competitive practice – no matter how united a people were in their past struggle for independence, and no matter how convincingly pledges are made thereafter to preserve ‘national unity.’ In 2002, Timor-Leste became a sovereign state. Starting from scratch after decades of resistance war, protagonists of varying age, education, and political backgrounds had rather different ideas of building their new community – as the ‘Tetralemma’ of four formal languages illustrates in this book.

This study explores the enormous challenges and exciting dynamics faced by emerging postcolonial and post-conflict nations. It explains why popular expectations of inclusiveness and stake, so vital to the success of liberation movements, turn into potential sources for distress after independence. Through a combined analytical approach of nationalism, sovereignty, collective memory, and strategic groups theory, nation-building is defined as the interest and ideology-driven construction of identity which, after all, constitutes a primarily political process.

 

 

Autoreninfo

Dr. Andre Borgerhoff graduated from the Department of Political Science, University of Münster, in Germany. His research project was funded by the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation and the German Academic Exchange Service. Andre was also the chairman of the German Timor-Leste Society (2004-12, http://www.osttimor.de) and a member on the Asia Foundation's board of trustees (http://asienhaus.de/english).

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Internationales Asienforum 3-4/2013

Newsletter der Deutschen Osttimor Gesellschaft 2/2012 zum Artikel

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