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The promise of prosperity : visions of the future in Timor-Leste

Author: Judith M Bovensiepen; Australian National University Press.
Publisher: Acton, A.C.T. : ANU Press, [2018] ©2018
Series: Pacific series (Australian National University Press)
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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For the people of Timor-Leste, independence promised a fundamental transformation from foreign occupation to self-rule, from brutality to respect for basic rights, and from poverty to prosperity. In the eyes of the country's political leaders, revenue from the country's oil and gas reserves is the means by which that transformation could be effected. Over the past decade, they have formulated ambitious plans for  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Judith M Bovensiepen; Australian National University Press.
ISBN: 9781760462529 1760462527 1760462535 9781760462536
OCLC Number: 1076557329
Description: xi, 253 pages : colour illustrations, colour maps ; 24 cm. portrait ;
Contents: Part I: Looking at the future through the past. Progress and propaganda in Timor-Leste: Visions of the future in comparative historical perspective / Douglas Kammen; The Timor Oil Company's network, 1956-1968: Interacting internal and external infrastructures / Alex Grainger --
Part II: State visions of development. Political and economic challenges of petroleum dependency in Timor-Leste / Guteriano Neves; Piloting the experimental ZEESM megaproject: Performing the future in the Oecusse-Ambeno enclave / Laura S. Meitzner Yoder; Expropriation or plunder? Property rights and infrastructure development in Oecusse / Bernardo Almeida; Just a dream? The struggle for national resource sovereignty and oil infrastructure development along Timor-Leste's south coast / Judith M. Bovensiepen; Reconsidering reintegration: Veterans' benefits as state-building / Kate Roll --
Part III: Alternative moral economies of prosperity. Expressions of the 'good life' and visions of the future: Reflections from Dili and Uatolari / Josh Trindade and Susana Barnes; Looking back into the future: Temporalities of hope among the Fataluku (Lautém) / Susana de Matos Viegas; Negotiating 'darkness' and 'light': Meshworks of fluidity and fire in Baucau / Lisa Palmer; Misreading the night: The shadows and light of a solar technology / Chris Shepherd; Christianity and kultura: Visions and pastoral projects / Kelly Silva; Afterword: A study in contrasts / Andrew McWilliam.
Series Title: Pacific series (Australian National University Press)
Responsibility: edited by Judith M. Bovensiepen.

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For the people of Timor-Leste, independence promised a fundamental transformation from foreign occupation to self-rule, from brutality to respect for basic rights, and from poverty to prosperity. In the eyes of the country's political leaders, revenue from the country's oil and gas reserves is the means by which that transformation could be effected. Over the past decade, they have formulated ambitious plans for state-led development projects and rapid economic growth. Paradoxically, these modernist visions are simultaneously informed by and contradict ideas stemming from custom, religion, accountability and responsibility to future generations. This book explores how the promise of prosperity informs policy and how policy debates shape expectations about the future in one of the world's newest and poorest nation-states.

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