“This book is the honest story of Dani students, which accurately illustrates their steps towards education and fulfilling dreams of improving life quality back at home. It is a great resource for the reader to understand the position of the Papua people in Indonesia.” • Anthropological Notebooks
“…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.
LC: DU744.35.D32 M86 2018
BL: DRT ELD.DS.290298
BISAC: SOC002010 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Anthropology/Cultural; EDU000000 EDUCATION/General
BIC: JHMC Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography; JN Education