Structural power, agency and national liberation: the case of East Timor
Author: Glassman, James F
Source: Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, Volume 28, Number 3, September 2003 , pp. 264-280(17)
Abstract:The struggle for independence in East Timor, which came to fruition in 1999, illustrates both that agency can be exercised in ways that change social structures and that changing structural relations are necessary for the effective exercise of agency. This paper presents a basic Marxist theoretical framework for analysing structural power, contrasting this with the understanding of structure developed by structurationists. It then examines the Timorese independence struggle at two crucial turning points, showing how differing structural contexts enabled different outcomes at those turning points.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: September 2003