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Merdeka Papua : integration, independence, or something else?

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Item Summary Stiefvater, James 2011-07-22T00:10:22Z 2011-07-22T00:10:22Z 2008
dc.description Thesis (M.A.)--University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2008.
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 151-167).
dc.description viii, 167 leaves, bound 29 cm
dc.description.abstract In an attempt to bring discussions about West Papua back to the fore this thesis first argues that self-determination has never been realized in West Papua, thus making the United Nations' attempt at ending colonialism there an abject failure. To do so I recount the history of the half-island and the means by which it was colonized by the Dutch and then re-colonized by the Indonesian state. I then argue that in order for the fullest measure of self-determination to occur indigenous peoples must be allowed to choose any option for their future, be it integration, independence, or some other status including the possible formation of non-state entities or the complete withdrawal from the global system. In doing so I recount the forced integration of West Papua into the unitary Republic ofindonesia and then look forward to ways that self-determination and indigenous demands for merdeka might be satisfied, not all of which concur with presupposed modes of decolonization. This challenge of Western assumptions and regulations regarding decolonization is important as West Papua is a prime example where simply removing the colonizer and establishing a new state will not necessarily satisfy indigenous demands for independence.
dc.language.iso en-US
dc.relation Theses for the degree of Master of Arts (University of Hawaii at Manoa). Pacific Islands Studies; no. 3530
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dc.subject Melanesia - Papua New Guinea
dc.subject.lcsh Papua New Guinea--History--Autonomy and Independence movement.
dc.title Merdeka Papua : integration, independence, or something else?
dc.type Thesis
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