Consuming Youth: Timorese in the Resistance Against Indonesian Occupation

Angie Bexley*, Nuno Rodrigues Tchailoro

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    This article explores the role played by risk-seeking Timorese youth, known as the New Generation (Geraçao Foun), in the resistance movement against Indonesian occupation (1975-1999). It discusses the capture, regimentation and marginalisation of youthful radicalism by the national resistance movement. The paper looks at these processes of youth revolutionary involvement sympathetically though the memories of former participants in the clandestine struggle and is representative of a new reflexive phase in young Timorese' post-colonial self-realisation. This phase is decidedly non-triumphalist, one which dwells on the inability to be 'recompensed' for the dreams that were captured and lives that were side-tracked in a conflict that consumed youth.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)405-422
    Number of pages18
    JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Anthropology
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2013


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