Rethinking Power Relations in Indonesia

Rethinking Power Relations in Indonesia : Transforming the Margins

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Since colonial rule, the island of Java served as Indonesia's imagined centre and prime example of development, while the Outer Islands were constructed as the state's marginalised periphery. Recent processes of democratisation and regional autonomy, however, have significantly changed the power relations that once produced the marginality of the Outer Islands. This book explores processes of political, economic and cultural transformations in Indonesia, emphasizing their implications for centre-periphery relations from the perspective of the archipelago's 'margins'. Structured along three central themes, the book first provides theoretical contributions to the understanding of marginality in Indonesia. The second part focuses on political transformation processes and their implications for the Outer Islands. The third section investigates the dynamics caused by economic changes on Indonesia's periphery. Chapters writtten by experts in the field offer examples from various regions, which demonstrate how power relations between centre and periphery are getting challenged, contested and reshaped. The book fills a gap in the literature by analysing the implications of the recent transformation processes for the construction of marginality on Indonesia's Outer more

Product details

  • Hardback | 174 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 15.24mm | 390g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 4 black & white illustrations, 3 black & white halftones, 1 black & white line drawings
  • 1138962783
  • 9781138962781

About Michaela Haug

Michaela Haug is Research Associate at the Institute for Ethnology, University of Cologne, Germany. Martin Rossler is Professor at the Institute for Ethnology, University of Cologne, Germany Anna-Teresa Grumblies is a PhD student at the Institute for Ethnology, University of Cologne, more

Table of contents

1. Introduction: Contesting and Reformulating Centre-Periphery Relations in Indonesia Michaela Haug, Martin Rossler and Anna-Teresa Grumblies Part One: Basic Issues 2. Decentralization and its Impact on the Democratization Process Patrick Ziegenhain 3. Conceptualising Marginality in Indonesia Anna-Teresa Grumblies Part Two: Borders, Identities and Belonging 4. The Edge of Glory: Theorising Centre-Periphery Relations in and from Indonesia's Riau Islands Nicholas J. Long 5. Nested Sovereignties: Autonomy and Authority in the Indonesian Borderlands Michael Eilenberg 6. Redrawing Borders and Reshaping Marginality in North Maluku Kirsten Jager Part Three: Resources, Power and Inequality 7. Perceiving Neoliberalism beyond Jakarta Laurens Bakker 8. Rich Regency - Prosperous People? Decentralisation, Marginality and Remoteness in East Kalimantan Michaela Haug 9. Concluding Remarks Michaela Haug, Martin Rossler and Anna-Teresa Grumbliesshow more