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Forgotten People: Poverty, Risk and Social Security in Indonesia: The Case of the Madurese.


Forgotten People: Poverty, Risk and Social Security in Indonesia: The Case of the Madurese

Gerben Nooteboom



314 pages



Verhandelingen van het Koninklijk Instituut voor Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde; Volume 296. Power and Place in Southeast Asia; Volume 6


This volume examines the experiences and living conditions of two groups of people in contemporary Indonesia: peasants living in the village Krajan in rural Bondowoso, East Java, and Madurese migrants living in urban Samarinda in East Kalimantan. The author conducted fieldwork in the region between 1998 and 2010 to understand poverty, social security, and risk in Indonesia, in addition to agency, capability, and opportunities of the poor, and structural inequality, adverse incorporations into the capitalist system, and the adverse effects of structural power differences. He looks at the material basis of poverty by considering the resource base and livelihoods of peasants and migrants, the diversity found within them, and the types of mutual help and social assistance. Included also are the following: the different ways people connect their livelihoods to mutual relationships of support, social security arrangements, and institutions of mutual help, and the opportunities for social protection and ways of living in adverse conditions; and the interplay of structure and agency, individual survival, and social protection. ([umlaut] Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)

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