EastTimor

EastTimor - 1. When it comes to explaining the nature and...

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1. When it comes to explaining the nature and intensity of East Timor’s rebellion against the Indonesian rule it is important to look at the individual analytical factors presented by Gurr and examine how they apply to East Timor. I think that the salience of ethno cultural identity, collective incentives and capacities for collective action are all interconnected. They are particularly important here because anytime a group is treated differently, in this case by denial, the members become much more self conscious about their common bonds and interests. Because there is a very big religious difference between the two actors here, Catholic versus Muslim, the East Timor’s people dissimilarity from the Indonesians creates a more salient identity. Another factor that contributes to salience is the ethno cultural identity creating a group psychology of comparative disadvantage. The Indonesians have a sense of superiority leading the Timorese to a state of inferiority, which then creates an abundance of disadvantages as the ruling power makes all the
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This note was uploaded on 11/30/2010 for the course IR 315 taught by Professor Nielsson during the Spring '08 term at USC.

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