Subaltern Citizens and Post-Colonial Intimacy
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This ethnography explores how Balinese citizens produce postcolonial intimacy-a complex interaction of claims to proximity and mutuality between themselves and the Dutch under colonialism that continues today. Such claims, Ana Dragojlovic explains, are crucial for the diasporic reconfiguration of kebalian, or Balinese-ness, a concept that encompasses the personal, social, and cultural complexities involved in Balinese identity in Dutch postcolonial society. This identity enables Balinese migrants to see themselves as carriers of unique cultural traditions both promoted by and in disagreement with Dutch cultural values.
"Ana Dragojlovic's richly recounted, lovingly written, and often intensely moving ethnography explores the transnational anxieties of identity, using the concept of "post-colonial intimacy" to bring to the fore the conflicted situation of these doubly alienated transnational islanders in search of the assurance of familiar roots= The grace of her prose is a fitting frame for the story of a people who face uncertain futures with the elegance and poise for which their heritage has long been famous." - Michael Herzfeld