ANTHY208-22B (HAM)

Protest Movements in the Asia-Pacific

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The purpose of the paper is to introduce students to the wide range of protest movements articulated by indigenous and marginalised peoples across the wider Asia-Pacific region in relation to hegemonic power structures that threaten the sovereignty and autonomy of their societies, environments, cultures, and cosmologies. Whether through historic resistances to colonial others or contemporary opposition with neoliberal capitalism, indigenous and marginalised peoples across this cultural region have creatively and innovatively devised means of undermining, circumventing, and overthrowing power structures that corrode the integrity of their lifeworlds. These processes are now taking on ever increasing importance in the contemporary world. In examining such issues through an anthropological lens students will develop unique insights into how global issues are managed through locally embedded cultural frameworks and global connections.
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Paper Structure

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This lecture is made up of lectures and tutorials. Lectures introduce students to key concepts, histories and questions regarding protest movements. Tutorials are focused on the assigned readings of that week.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • 1. Demonstrate an understanding of the wide range of orchestrated protest movements across the Asia-Pacific region, both historical and contemporary.
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  • 2. Grasp the importance of taking an anthropological perspective to these issues, through illuminating the centrality of local culture and lifeworlds and global connections in shaping protest.
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  • 3. Provide regular, thoughtful responses to anthropological writings on the topic, including from indigenous scholars.
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  • 4. Undertake original research into protest movements within the region.
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There are three main types of assessment in ANTHY208.

1. Four online tests throughout the trimester which add up to 55% of student's total grade.

2. An original research project which requires student to create a media or artistic campaign for a protest movement. Two parts to this project add up to 35%.

3. Tutorial discussions worth 10%.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Test One
29 Jul 2022
9:00 AM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Test Two
26 Aug 2022
9:00 AM
  • Online: Upload to Moodle Forum
3. Test Three
7 Oct 2022
9:00 AM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Art or Media Campaign: Written Submission
16 Oct 2022
No set time
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. Art or Media Campaign: Presentation
  • In Class: In Tutorial
6. Test Four
21 Oct 2022
No set time
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
7. Tutorial Discussions
  • Other: No submission.
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Introduction & Overview

Chenoweth, Erica. "Introduction" in Civil Resistance: What Everyone Needs to Know. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2021. 1-13, 20-26.

Weapons of the Weak

Scott, James C. Weapons of the Weak. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2008. [excerpt]

Kirsch, Stuart. "Politics of Space." In Mining Capitalism: The Relationship between Corporations and Their Critics. Berkeley, California: University of California Press, 2014, 53-83.

Colonial Resistance in the Pacific

Regan, Anthony J. (2002). “Bougainville: Beyond survival.” In: Cultural Survival Quarterly 3, pp. 20–24.

Laracy, H. “Introduction” in Pacific Protest the Maasina Rule Movement, Solomon Islands, 1944-1952. Suva, Fiji: Institute of Pacific Studies, 1983, 1-42.

West Papua Independence Movement & Popular Culture

Kusumaryati, Veronika. #Papuanlivesmatter: black consciousness and political movements in West Papua, Critical Asian Studies, 53:4, (2021), 453-475

Webb-Gannon, C., & Webb, M. “ More than a Music, It’s a Movement”: West Papua Decolonization Songs, Social Media, and the Remixing of Resistance. The Contemporary Pacific, 31(2), (2019), 309-343.

More Resistance and Creative Refusal in the Asia Pacific

Chao, Sophie. "Multispecies mourning: grieving as resistance on the West Papuan plantation frontier." Cultural Studies (2022): 1-27.

Ferguson, Jane M. "Rockin in the Shan World" in Repossessing Shanland: Myanmar, Thailand, and a nation-state deferred. Madison, Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin Press, 2021, 199-219.

Digital Protest in Thailand

Sinpeng, Aim "Hashtag activism: social media and the #FreeYouth protests in Thailand", Critical Asian Studies, 53:2, (2021),192-205

Lertchoosakul, Kanokrat. "The white ribbon movement: high school students in the 2020 Thai youth protests." Critical Asian Studies (2021): 1-13.

Minority and Mass movements in Populous States

Lee, Doreen. "Styling the revolution: Masculinities, youth, and street politics in Jakarta, Indonesia." Journal of urban history 37, no. 6 (2011): 933-951.

Fu, Diana, and Greg Distelhorst. "Grassroots participation and repression under Hu Jintao and Xi Jinping." The China Journal 79, no. 1 (2018): 100-122.

Sex & Religion in India

Dave, Naisargi N. "Activism as ethical practice: Queer politics in contemporary India." Cultural Dynamics 23, no. 1 (2011): 3-20.

Roy, Suddhabrata Deb. "Locating Gramsci in Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh: Perspectives on the iconic women’s protest in India." Capital & Class 45, no. 2 (2021): 183-189.

Māori Struggle in Aotearora

Walker, Ranginui. Ka whawhai tonu mātou = Struggle without end. Auckland: Penguin, 2004. [excerpt]

Harris, Aroha. Hīkoi: Forty years of Māori protest. Wellington: Huia Publishers, 2004. [excerpt]

Pacific People Transforming the World

Fair, H. "Their Sea of Islands? Pacific Climate Warriors, Oceanic Identities, and World Enlargement Hannah Fair", The Contemporary Pacific, Volume 32, Number 2, 2020, pp. 341-369.

Bonus, Rick. "Navigating the Ocean in the School: Pacific Islanders in the Midst of Empire, Schooling, and Indigeneity." positions: asia critique 29, no. 1 (2021): 183-202.

Sport as a Site of Protest

Cho Han Hae‐joang (2004) "Beyond the FIFA's World Cup: an ethnography of the ‘local’ in South Korea around the 2002 World Cup", Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, 5:1, 8-25.

Uperesa, Fa'anofo. "Entangled Histories and Transformative Futures: Indigenous Sport in the 21st Century." Handbook of Critical Indigenous Studies, UK: Routledge, 2021, 511-524.

Military Movements and Resistance in Myanmar

Thein‐Lemelson, Seinenu M. "‘Politicide’and the Myanmar coup." Anthropology Today 37, no. 2 (2021): 3-5.

Prasse‐Freeman, Elliott, and Ko Kabya. "Revolutionary responses to the Myanmar coup." Anthropology Today 37, no. 3 (2021): 1-2.

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Online Support

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Class announcements are made via Moodle. Please contact the lecturer via email.
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You should spend 10 hours a week on this paper. This includes lecture and tutorial attendance and reading for the paper.
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