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Stuart Kirsch

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780520297944

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520297944.001.0001

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When Contributions are Elusive

When Contributions are Elusive

Writing Across the Border in West Papua, Indonesia

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(p.50) Two When Contributions are Elusive
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Engaged Anthropology
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Stuart Kirsch

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520297944.003.0003

This chapter examines the West Papuan independence movement. It describes long-term research with West Papuan refugees living in Papua New Guinea and exiled political leaders. It discusses a shift in the late 1990s from paramilitary opposition to Indonesian violence to human rights activism. It also describes how negative representations of West Papuans, including claims about lost tribes, undermine their pursuit of sovereignty. The author discusses his participation in various forms of solidarity politics.

Keywords:   human rights, Indonesia, lost tribe, Papua New Guinea, refugees, representation, solidarity politics, sovereignty, violence, West Papua

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