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Silent suffering: the corporatist compromises and East Timorese camps after 1999

Li, Dominggus Elcid (2014)
Ph.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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This research focuses on the question why the East Timorese in exile after 1999 are suffering in silence. Today, many of them still live in temporary camps for more than a decade after East Timor referendum. Using Foucaultian approach in investigating the long period of history of the construction of the people in camps, and also the concept of reflexive sociology this research tries to explain the construction of victims within the trend of transitional justice in post Cold War period. The victims of structural violence are rarely recognised within the liberal human rights campaign. Following Arendt’s idea that the camp is the place where human rights and citizen right are not recognized, this research finds that Agamben’s argument that the making of camp itself is not separated from the juridical and disciplinary power is valid. Using historical narratives in three different settings Netherlands East Indies/Indonesia, Portugal, Portuguese Timor/Provinsi Timor Timor/East Timor this thesis explains the process of exclusion of different communities in different periods in particular those who are victims of modern state and also cosmopolitan solidarity in camps.

Type of Work:Ph.D. thesis.
Supervisor(s):Holmwood, John and Jackson, Paul B.
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
Department:School of Government and Society
Keywords:Camp, Distant Suffering, Silence, Politics of Pity, Human Rights, Nationalism, State, Sovereignty, Decolonisation, Empire, and Cosmopolitan Solidarity
Subjects:DS Asia
Institution:University of Birmingham
ID Code:5184
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