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Powers of Exclusion: Land Dilemmas in Southeast Asia

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Questions of who can access land and who is excluded from it underlie many recent social and political conflicts in Southeast Asia. Powers of Exclusion examines the key processes through which shifts in land relations are taking place, notably state land allocation and provision of property rights, the dramatic expansion of areas zoned for conservation, booms in the production of export-oriented crops, the conversion of farmland to post-agrarian uses, "intimate" exclusions involving kin and co-villagers, and ...

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Questions of who can access land and who is excluded from it underlie many recent social and political conflicts in Southeast Asia. Powers of Exclusion examines the key processes through which shifts in land relations are taking place, notably state land allocation and provision of property rights, the dramatic expansion of areas zoned for conservation, booms in the production of export-oriented crops, the conversion of farmland to post-agrarian uses, "intimate" exclusions involving kin and co-villagers, and mobilizations around land framed in terms of identity and belonging. In case studies drawn from seven countries, the authors find that four "powers of exclusion"-regulation, the market, force and legitimation have combined to shape land relations in new and often surprising ways.

Land debates are often presented as a conflict between market-oriented land use with full private property rights on the one side, and equitable access, production for subsistence, and respect for custom on the other. The authors step back from these debates to point out that any productive use of land requires the exclusion of some potential users, and that most projects for transforming land relations are thus accompanied by painful dilemmas. Rather than counterposing "exclusion" to "inclusion", the book argues that attention must be paid to who is excluded, how, why, and with what consequences.

Powers of Exclusion is a path-breaking book that draws on insights from multiple disciplines to map out the new contours of struggles for land in Southeast Asia. The volume provides a framework for analyzing the dilemmas of land relations across the global South and beyond.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780824836030
  • Publisher: University of Hawaii Press, The
  • Publication date: 4/28/2011
  • Pages: 257
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures vi

List of Tables vi

Acknowledgements vii

1 Introduction 1

2 Licensed Exclusions: Land Titling, Reform and Allocation 27

3 Ambient Exclusions: Environmentalism and Conservation 60

4 Volatile Exclusions: Crop Booms and Their Fallout 87

5 Post-agrarian Exclusions: Land Conversion 118

6 Intimate Exclusions: Everyday Accumulation and Dispossession 145

7 Counter-exclusions: Collective Mobilizations for Land and Territory 170

8 Conclusion 192

Appendix: Annals of Southeast Asian Land History 206

Bibliography 226

Index 247

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