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This Stillness, This Lack of Incident….Making Conflict Visible in West Papua

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Simon Philpott



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This article examines how ongoing conflict in West Papua is made visible in activist social media in their attempts to draw attention to the violence, abuses and problems in Indonesia’s easternmost province. It argues that the use of social media may provide new avenues for raising awareness about the conflict and its consequences. However, it also suggests that media strategies that contrast the innocence and justness of the Papuan people with the violence and barbarity of other Indonesian peoples and the state, risk entrenching established tropes which may serve to discourage active support for West Papuan pleas for justice and independence.

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Author(s): Philpott S

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Critical Asian Studies

Year: 2018

Volume: 50

Issue: 2

Pages: 259-277

Online publication date: 07/03/2018

Acceptance date: 22/01/2018

Date deposited: 29/01/2018

ISSN (print): 1467-2715

ISSN (electronic): 1472-6033

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/14672715.2018.1445537


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