Laughing at Leviathan: Sovereignty and Audience in West Papua (Chicago Studies in Practices of Meaning)

Laughing at Leviathan: Sovereignty and Audience in West Papua (Chicago Studies in Practices of Meaning)

By: Danilyn Rutherford (author)Hardback

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For West Papua and its people, the promise of sovereignty has never been realized, despite a long and fraught struggle for independence from Indonesia. In "Laughing at Leviathan", Danilyn Rutherford examines this struggle through a series of interlocking essays that drive at the core meaning of sovereignty itself - how it is fueled, formed, and even thwarted by pivotal but often overlooked players: those that make up an audience. Whether these players are citizens, missionaries, competing governmental powers, nongovernmental organizations, or the international community at large, Rutherford shows how a complex interplay of various observers is key to the establishment and understanding of the sovereign nation-state. Drawing on a wide array of sources, from YouTube videos to Dutch propaganda to her own fieldwork observations, Rutherford draws the history of Indonesia, empire, and postcolonial nation-building into a powerful examination of performance and power. Ultimately she revises Thomas Hobbes, painting a picture of the Leviathan not as a coherent body but a fragmented one distributed across a wide range of both real and imagined spectators. In doing so, she offers an important new approach to the understanding of political struggle.

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About Author

Danilyn Rutherford is professor of anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is the author of Raiding the Land of the Foreigners: The Limits of the Nation on an Indonesian Frontier.

Product Details

  • publication date: 11/05/2012
  • ISBN13: 9780226731971
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 296
  • ID: 9780226731971
  • ISBN10: 0226731979

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