Raiding the Land of the Foreigners : The Limits of the Nation on an Indonesian Frontier

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Raiding the Land of the Foreigners : The Limits of the Nation on an Indonesian Frontier

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  • 製本 Paperback:紙装版/ペーパーバック版/ページ数 296 p.
  • 言語 ENG,ENG
  • 商品コード 9780691095912
  • DDC分類 305.8009

基本説明

Focusing on Biak - a set of islands off the coast of western New Guinea, in the Indonesian province of Lrian Jaya - Rutherford calls for a rethinking of the nature of national identity.

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What are the limits of national belonging? Focusing on Biak--a set of islands off the coast of western New Guinea, in the Indonesian province of Irian Jaya--Danilyn Rutherford's analysis calls for a rethinking of the nature of national identity. With the resurgence of separatism in the province, Irian Jaya has become the focus of fears that the Indonesian nation is falling apart. Yet in the early 1990s, the fieldwork for this book was made possible by the government's belief that Biaks were finally beginning to see themselves as Indonesians. Taking in the dynamics of Biak social life and the islands' long history of millennial unrest, Rutherford shows how practices that indicated Biaks' submission to national authority actually reproduced antinational understandings of space, time, and self. Approaching the foreign as a focus of longing in cultural arenas ranging from kinship to Christianity, Biaks participated in Indonesian national institutions without accepting the identities they promoted. Their remarkable response to the Indonesian government (and earlier polities laying claim to western New Guinea) suggests the limits of national identity and modernity, writ large.This is one of the few books reporting on the volatile province of Irian Jaya. It offers a new way of thinking about the nation and its limits--one that moves beyond the conventions of both scholarship and recent journalism. It shows how people can "belong" to a nation yet maintain commitments that fall both short of and beyond the nation state.

Table of Contents

        List of Illustrations                      ix
A Note On Languages and Locations xi
Preface Becoming a Foreigner xiii
On the Limits of Indonesia 1 (30)
The Nation 4 (9)
The Foreign 13 (6)
Fetishism 19 (5)
Utopia 24 (5)
Envoi: Between Awakenings 29 (2)
Frontier Families 31 (42)
The Dislocation of Kinship 34 (6)
Front Doors, Back Doors 40 (3)
Mothers and Children 43 (6)
Brothers and Sisters 49 (13)
Interlude on Love, Violence, and Debt 62 (3)
Brothers and Brothers 65 (5)
History Revisited 70 (3)
The Poetics of Surprise 73 (36)
The Unpredictable Potency of Biak Warriors 76 (4)
Magical Feasts for Fish 80 (10)
Vocal Feasts for Families 90 (9)
Visual Feasts for Foreigners 99 (6)
Surprise and Subversion 105 (4)
The Authority of Absence 109 (28)
Authority and Textuality 111 (4)
The Making of Big Foreigners 115 (5)
The Meanings of Reading 120 (14)
Collapsing Distances 134 (3)
Messianic Modernities 137 (35)
Modernity and the ``Indonesianization'' of 140 (6)
Indonesia
Mythical Limits 146 (4)
Two Tales of Conversion 150 (19)
Beyond Comparison 169 (3)
The Subjection of the Papuan 172 (32)
Colonial Contexts 177 (4)
Pacifying New Guinea 181 (7)
The Revival of War I 188 (13)
Rupture and Renewal 201 (3)
The Subject of Biak? 204 (25)
The Revival of War II 211 (7)
Raiding Jakarta 218 (8)
Waiting for the End 226 (3)
Epilogue On Limits 229 (10)
Watching Television with Sister Sally 234 (5)
Notes 239 (24)
Glossary 263 (2)
References 265 (24)
Index 289