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Dreams Made Small: The Education of Papuan Highlanders in Indonesia

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Volume 9

ASAO Studies in Pacific Anthropology

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Dreams Made Small

The Education of Papuan Highlanders in Indonesia

Jenny Munro

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216 pages, 22 illus., bibliog., index

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“…a superb ethnography in which Munro shows the rich textures of the everyday and voices of Papuans, something rarely found in dominant and political-oriented studies of the region… Without a doubt, Munro’s book will be an important reading for those who work with issues of education and race, critical race theories, youth, citizenship and Indonesian nationalism.” • The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology

“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 five decades, the Dani of the central highlands of West Papua, along with other Papuans, have struggled with the oppressive conditions of Indonesian rule. Formal education holds the promise of escape from stigmatization and violence. 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 transformation and belonging, and ultimately revealing how dreams of equality are shaped and reshaped in the face of multiple constraints.

Jenny Munro is Lecturer in Anthropology at the University of Queensland, Australia. Her research focuses on sexual and reproductive health, alcohol, violence and sovereignty in 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 in the 'City of Free Sex'
Chapter 7. Doing Good Things in a Dani Modernity

Conclusion: Koteka Questions


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