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|Title:||Lost in Transition: A district perspective on rapid modernisation in Timor-Leste||Contributor(s):||Tobias, Paddy William Jack (author); Spence, Rebecca (supervisor); Walsh, Adrian (supervisor) ; Phan, Huy (supervisor)||Publication Date:||2015||Degree Conferred by:||2015||Open Access:||No||Handle Link:||https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/18157||Abstract:||This thesis deals broadly with issues of identity and culture in Timor-Leste, in light of a modernisation process and the coming of nation-statehood. Taking inspiration from methodologies proposed by the philosopher Jürgen Habermas, the thesis adopts a "mid-level" approach in its theoretical and empirical analysis. Theoretically, the work reflects on the implications of the macro-social changes in culture, politics and economics on the individual's self-concept, agency and autonomy. It further considers how the neoliberal bias of the country's development policies since 1999 has dismissed, displaced or co-opted local sociality. Addressing a significant gap in much of the existing research and commentary on the county's transition to self-determination, this thesis concentrates empirically on the Aileu people with a mixed methodology, giving a multidimensional and "district-based" view of Timor-Leste's nation-statehood. Aileu is a central highlands district to the south of the neighbouring capital city of Dili, and it houses a sociality that offers great insight into the junction between "the old" and "the new".||Publication Type:||Thesis Doctoral||Field of Research Codes:||160607 International Relations||Rights Statement:||Copyright 2014 - Paddy William Jack Tobias||Open Access Embargo:||2017-10-24||HERDC Category Description:||T2 Thesis - Doctorate by Research||Statistics to Oct 2018:||Visitors: 201
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