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

Raiding the Land of the Foreigners

The Limits of the Nation on an Indonesian Frontier

Paperback Published: 3rd November 2002
ISBN: 9780691095912
Number Of Pages: 328

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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.

"[A] sophisticated and well written volume."--John Clammer, Ethnic and Racial Studies

List of Illustrationsp. ix
A Note On Languages and Locationsp. xi
Preface: Becoming a Foreignerp. xiii
On the Limits of Indonesiap. 1
The Nationp. 4
The Foreignp. 13
Fetishismp. 19
Utopiap. 24
Envoi: Between Awakeningsp. 29
Frontier Familiesp. 31
The Dislocation of Kinshipp. 34
Front Doors, Back Doorsp. 40
Mothers and Childrenp. 43
Brothers and Sistersp. 49
Interlude on Love, Violence, and Debtp. 62
Brothers and Brothersp. 65
History Revisitedp. 70
The Poetics of Surprisep. 73
The Unpredictable Potency of Biak Warriorsp. 76
Magical Feasts for Fishp. 80
Vocal Feasts for Familiesp. 90
Visual Feasts for Foreignersp. 99
Surprise and Subversionp. 105
The Authority of Absencep. 109
Authority and Textualityp. 111
The Making of Big Foreignersp. 115
The Meanings of Readingp. 120
Collapsing Distancesp. 134
Messianic Modernitiesp. 137
Modernity and the "Indonesianization" of Indonesiap. 140
Mythical Limitsp. 146
Two Tales of Conversionp. 150
Beyond Comparisonp. 169
The Subjection of the Papuanp. 172
Colonial Contextsp. 177
Pacifying New Guineap. 181
The Revival of Wor Ip. 188
Rupture and Renewalp. 201
The Subject of Biak?p. 204
The Revival of Wor IIp. 211
Raiding Jakartap. 218
Waiting for the Endp. 226
Epilogue: On Limitsp. 229
Watching Television with Sister Sallyp. 234
Notesp. 239
Glossaryp. 263
Referencesp. 265
Indexp. 289
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ISBN: 9780691095912
ISBN-10: 0691095914
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 3rd November 2002
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.2  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.45