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Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies
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Political Symbols and National Identity in Timor-Leste

Authors: Arthur, Catherine E.

  • Expands research on nation-building in Timor-Leste, adding a new dimension to studies of national identity 
  • Develops theories of national identity, and symbols, offering a more robust theoretical approach by bringing together a range of social science disciplines
  • Examines an often overlooked aspect of post-conflict nation-building in a unique, post-colonial context
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About this book

This book explores how national identity has been negotiated and (re)imagined through the political symbols that embody it in post-conflict Timor-Leste. It develops a Modernist approach to nations and nationalism by incorporating Bourdieusian theories of symbolic capital and conflict, to examine how national identity has been constructed and represented in political symbols. Taking case studies of flags, monuments, national heroes, and street art, it critically analyses how a diverse population has interpreted and (re)constructed its national identity throughout the first decade of independence, and how the transition from a context of conflict to peace has influenced such popular imaginings. By examining these processes of identification with a wide range of symbols, the book discusses the numerous challenges that this young nation-state still faces, including victimhood and recognition, democratization and electoral politics, the political role of cosmology and spirituality, and post-colonial generational differences and divisions.

About the authors

Catherine Arthur's research on post-conflict nation-building, identity politics, and symbols particularly focuses on Timor-Leste as a transitional society.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Struggle, Suffering, and Symbols: Narratives of Nationalism and Representing Identity

    Arthur, Catherine E.

    Pages 1-33

  • Flying the Nation’s Colours: Commemorations of the Past and the National Flag of Timor-Leste

    Arthur, Catherine E.

    Pages 37-69

  • Monuments and Memorials: Funu, Terus, and Constructing an East Timorese National Identity

    Arthur, Catherine E.

    Pages 71-104

  • The Spirit of Rebellion: National Heroes, Dom Boaventura, and Personifying National Identity

    Arthur, Catherine E.

    Pages 107-135

  • ‘Big Brother Xanana’: The Cult of Personality and the Creation of a Contemporary National Hero

    Arthur, Catherine E.

    Pages 137-168

Buy this book

eBook 59,49 €
price for Germany (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-98782-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 74,89 €
price for Germany (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-98781-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Political Symbols and National Identity in Timor-Leste
Authors
Series Title
Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-98782-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-98782-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-98781-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 257
Number of Illustrations
5 b/w illustrations, 28 illustrations in colour
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