The Violence of Inflated Possibilities: Education, Transformation and Diminishment in Wamena, Papua

Munro, Jenny (2013) The Violence of Inflated Possibilities: Education, Transformation and Diminishment in Wamena, Papua. Indonesia, 95 25-46. doi:10.5728/indonesia.95.0025


Author Munro, Jenny
Title The Violence of Inflated Possibilities: Education, Transformation and Diminishment in Wamena, Papua
Journal name Indonesia   Check publisher's open access policy
Publication date 2013-04-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.5728/indonesia.95.0025
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 95
Start page 25
End page 46
Total pages 22
Place of publication Ithaca, NY United States
Publisher Cornell University
Language eng
Abstract Indonesian authorities in Papua emphasize that indigenous inhabitants who participate in formal education are likely to benefit from a personal, social, and political transformation. This article examines this claim based on the experiences of indigenous Dani residents in the central highlands. Statistical data, interview results, and ethnographic case studies of Dani-Indonesian encounters illustrate that educated Dani do not typically acquire increased status, authority, or employment. Contrary to what Indonesian authorities assert, in-migration, stigmas of “primitiveness,” poor-quality schooling, prejudicial hiring practices, and security-sector violence limit what indigenous people may achieve through education in highlands Papua.
Keyword West Papua
violence
Anthropology -- Indonesia
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Social Science Publications
 
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