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ASAO Studies in Pacific Anthropology

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Dreams Made Small

The Education of Papuan Highlanders in Indonesia

Jenny Munro

238 pages, 22 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-684-3 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Not Yet Published (April 2018)

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“This excellent ethnography of the racialization of education in Indonesia describes and analyzes the prejudices suffered by Papuan Dani students with great sensitivity and empathy, weaving a very careful and intricate image of the life of students.” · Christine Jourdan, Concordia University


For the last 53 years, the Dani of the central highlands of West Papua, along with other Papuans, have struggled under the oppressive and violent conditions of Indonesian rule. Formal education holds the promise of escape from this stigmatization. Dreams Made Small offers an in-depth, ethnographic look at journeys of education among young Dani men and women, asking us to think differently about education as a trajectory for national belonging, and ultimately revealing how dreams of transformation, equality, and belonging are shaped and reshaped in the face of multiple constraints.

Jenny Munro is a cultural anthropologist studying health and education in Papua/West Papua and other regions of eastern Indonesia. In 2013, she joined the Australian National University as a Research Fellow, and has conducted several collaborative ethnographic research projects on HIV/AIDS and alcohol-related violence in highland and coastal sites of West Papua.

Subject: General Anthropology Educational Studies General Cultural Studies
Area: Asia-Pacific


List of Figures and Maps

Introduction: New Promises, Old Problems

Chapter 1. Ethno-Racial and Political Dreams of Education in Wamena
Chapter 2. ‘Newcomers’ and ‘Masters of the Land’ in North Sulawesi
Chapter 3. Stigma, Fear, and Shame: Dani Encounters with Racial and Political Formations in North Sulawesi
Chapter 4. ‘Discipline is Important’: Aspirations and Encounters on Campus
Chapter 5. Belonging, Expertise and Conflict in Highlanders’ Social World Abroad
Chapter 6. ‘Study First’: Sexuality, Pregnancy, and Survival
Chapter 7. Doing Good Things in a Dani Modernity

Conclusion: Koteka Questions


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