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Political Symbols and National Identity in Timor-Leste

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Political Symbols and National Identity in Timor-Leste by Catherine E Arthur
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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.

Author Biography

Catherine Arthur's research on post-conflict nation-building, identity politics, and symbols particularly focuses on Timor-Leste as a transitional society.
Release date Australia
October 5th, 2018
Country of Publication
Switzerland
Edition
1st ed. 2019
Illustrations
29 Tables, color; 28 Illustrations, color; 5 Illustrations, black and white; X, 257 p. 33 illus., 28 illus. in color.
Imprint
Springer International Publishing AG
Pages
257
ISBN-13
9783319987811
Product ID
28254961

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