[TimorLesteStudies] New Book: The Promise of Prosperity: Visions of the Future in Timor-Leste (ANU Press)

Michael Leach mleach at swin.edu.au
Tue Dec 18 21:15:30 AEDT 2018

From: Judith Bovensiepen <J.M.Bovensiepen at kent.ac.uk<mailto:J.M.Bovensiepen at kent.ac.uk>>
Date: 18 December 2018 at 8:37:03 pm
Subject: Book: The Promise of Prosperity: Visions of the Future in Timor-Leste

Dear all,

Our book The Promise of Prosperity: Visions of the Future in Timor-Leste is now published online and I thought it might be of interest to you.

All the chapters are open access and can be downloaded from the ANU Press website below; http://doi.org/10.22459/PP.2018<http://doi.org/10.22459/PP.2018>

Best wishes and season’s greetings,


The Promise of Prosperity: Visions of the Future in Timor-Leste

For the people of Timor-Leste, independence promised a fundamental transformation from foreign occupation to self-rule, from brutality to respect for basic rights, and from poverty to prosperity. In the eyes of the country’s political leaders, revenue from the country’s oil and gas reserves is the means by which that transformation could be effected. Over the past decade, they have formulated ambitious plans for state-led development projects and rapid economic growth. Paradoxically, these modernist visions are simultaneously informed by and contradict ideas stemming from custom, religion, accountability and responsibility to future generations. This book explores how the promise of prosperity informs policy and how policy debates shape expectations about the future in one of the world’s newest and poorest nation-states.


Introduction: Political and spiritual visions of the future

Judith M. Bovensiepen

Part I: Looking at the future through the past

1.         Progress and propaganda in Timor-Leste: Visions of the future

in comparative historical perspective

Douglas Kammen

2.         The Timor Oil Company’s network, 1956–1968: Interacting

internal and external infrastructures

Alex Grainger

Part II: State visions of development

3.         Political and economic challenges of petroleum dependency

in Timor-Leste

Guteriano Neves

4.         Piloting the experimental ZEESM megaproject: Performing

the future in the Oecusse-Ambeno enclave

Laura S. Meitzner Yoder

5. Expropriation or plunder? Property rights and infrastructure

development in Oecusse

Bernardo Almeida

6. Just a dream? The struggle for national resource sovereignty

and oil infrastructure development along Timor-Leste’s

south coast

Judith M. Bovensiepen

7.         Reconsidering reintegration: Veterans’ benefits

as state‑building

Kate Roll

Part III: Alternative moral economies of prosperity

8. Expressions of the ‘good life’ and visions of the future:

Reflections from Dili and Uatolari

Josh Trindade and Susana Barnes

9.         Looking back into the future: Temporalities of hope among

the Fataluku (Lautém)

Susana de Matos Viegas

10.        Negotiating ‘darkness’ and ‘light’: Meshworks of fluidity

and fire in Baucau

Lisa Palmer

11.        Misreading the night: The shadows and light of a solar


Chris Shepherd

12.        Christianity and kultura: Visions and pastoral projects

Kelly Silva

Afterword: A study in contrasts

Andrew McWilliam​

Dr Judith Bovensiepen
Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology
School of Anthropology and Conservation
Marlowe Building (Rm 64a)
University of Kent
Canterbury CT2 7NR
United Kingdom
Email: J.M.Bovensiepen at kent.ac.uk<mailto:J.M.Bovensiepen at kent.ac.uk>

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