Irian Jaya Under the Gun Indonesian Economic Development versus West PapuanNationalism|
Irian Jaya is the Indonesian name for the western half of the
island of New Guinea. The majority of the indigenous people of that area, however,
consider themselves West Papuans living in the land of West Papua, a country
incorporated into the Indonesian state without their consent or approval. West
Papua has, as Irian Jaya, been a province of Indonesia since 1963, yet the majority
of the population is still made up of Melanesian peoples, as in neighbouring Papua
New Guinea. The western part of New Guinea is one of the least developed
places on earth, with the largest expanses of untouched, and, in some cases, still
unexplored, rainforest and wilderness outside the Amazon.
Made up of many different ethnic groups, the local people are being squeezed as
outsiders flock to West Papua to take advantage of the vast resources the country
possesses. The logging, mining and fishing industries are booming, as are the cities,
towns and transmigration settlements. Irian Jaya under the Gun illustrates the rapid
changes that are taking place.
This book shows what happens when the 20th century, with its insatiable hunger
for resources, comes into contact with indigenous people using those resources to
sustain their subsistence lifestyle.
Portrait; softcover; approx. 350 pages
204 x 135 mm