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The State of the Nation in Timor-Leste: Understanding the Shape of the Nation through the Perspectives of Timorese Youth

Suyat, Rowena LU (2012) MIDM71 20121
LUMID International Master programme in applied International Development and Management
Abstract
With the new governing structures created through the transitional administration of the United Nations (UN), old and new fault lines in the past decade have exposed themselves in Timor-Leste: rural-urban divides, generational divides, communal divides, and political divides. This paper utilises Anthony D. Smith’s ethno-symbolism approach to understanding nationalism by focusing on subjective elements as opposed to macro- or external structures. It posits that nationalism and thus nation-building can be managed through the instilling of cultural symbols and values and alluding to a national identity, which is necessary in this country’s case. It seeks out this national identity through the opinions and perspectives of Timor-Leste’s largest... (More)
With the new governing structures created through the transitional administration of the United Nations (UN), old and new fault lines in the past decade have exposed themselves in Timor-Leste: rural-urban divides, generational divides, communal divides, and political divides. This paper utilises Anthony D. Smith’s ethno-symbolism approach to understanding nationalism by focusing on subjective elements as opposed to macro- or external structures. It posits that nationalism and thus nation-building can be managed through the instilling of cultural symbols and values and alluding to a national identity, which is necessary in this country’s case. It seeks out this national identity through the opinions and perspectives of Timor-Leste’s largest and active population: youth, and from the nation-building aim of the government through key documents. (Less)
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author
Suyat, Rowena LU
supervisor
organization
course
MIDM71 20121
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
nationalism, nation-building, Timor-Leste, East Timor, ethno-symbolism, identity
language
English
id
2543836
date added to LUP
2012-07-02 15:37:47
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  abstract     = {With the new governing structures created through the transitional administration of the United Nations (UN), old and new fault lines in the past decade have exposed themselves in Timor-Leste: rural-urban divides, generational divides, communal divides, and political divides. This paper utilises Anthony D. Smith’s ethno-symbolism approach to understanding nationalism by focusing on subjective elements as opposed to macro- or external structures. It posits that nationalism and thus nation-building can be managed through the instilling of cultural symbols and values and alluding to a national identity, which is necessary in this country’s case. It seeks out this national identity through the opinions and perspectives of Timor-Leste’s largest and active population: youth, and from the nation-building aim of the government through key documents.},
  author       = {Suyat, Rowena},
  keyword      = {nationalism,nation-building,Timor-Leste,East Timor,ethno-symbolism,identity},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {The State of the Nation in Timor-Leste: Understanding the Shape of the Nation through the Perspectives of Timorese Youth},
  year         = {2012},
}