Negotiating the legacies of intragroup violence in Timor Leste

Igreja, Victor (2021) Negotiating the legacies of intragroup violence in Timor Leste. International Journal of Transitional Justice, 15. ISSN 1752-7716


Abstract

The end of the Cold War raised the profiles of international tribunals and truth commissions as official mechanisms for dealing with the legacies of political violence around the world. However, these mechanisms have the tendency to generate somewhat stark accounts of the past and present, and of guilt and heroism, and are thus an inadequate forum for grasping the complexities of protracted, multiple and fracturing intragroup violence. This article is based on fieldwork in Timor Leste. It analyzes the unresolved legacies of Timorese intragroup political violence through a focus on the interventions of political leaders in the Timorese national parliament over time, coupled with an analysis of some of their autobiographies. It reveals how the crisscrossing histories of violence and fluctuating group affiliations have shaped ongoing political struggles, from silence and denial to unsettling voices and deliberations, which constitute sources of enduring political negotiations, mistrust and tension among Timorese leaders.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Humanities and Communication (1 Mar 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Humanities and Communication (1 Mar 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2021 04:49
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2021 23:26
Uncontrolled Keywords: intragroup violence; relationships in transition; accountability; autobiographies; Timor Leste
Fields of Research (2008): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1606 Political Science > 160603 Comparative Government and Politics
16 Studies in Human Society > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210399 Historical Studies not elsewhere classified
18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180102 Access to Justice
Fields of Research (2020): 43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4303 Historical studies > 430315 History of the pacific
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4401 Anthropology > 440107 Social and cultural anthropology
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4408 Political science > 440807 Government and politics of Asia and the Pacific
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1307 Understanding past societies > 130702 Understanding Asia’s past
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/ijtj/ijab007
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/42303

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