Capitalism and Confrontation in Sumatra's Plantation Belt, 1870-1979

Capitalism and Confrontation in Sumatra's Plantation Belt, 1870-1979

by Ann Laura Stoler

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Capitalism and Confrontation in Sumatra's Plantation Belt, 1870-1979 by Ann Laura Stoler

Over the last century, North Sumatra has been the site of one of the most intensive and successful pursuits of foreign agricultural enterprise of any developing country. Colonial expansion by Europeans resulted in overt—sometimes violent— conflict between capital and labor, as workers resisted plantation interests. Capitalism and Confrontation in Sumatra's Plantation Belt, 1870-1979 is a fascinating ethnographic history that analyzes how popular resistance actively molded both the form of colonialism and the social, economic, and political experience of the Javanese laboring communities on Sumatra's plantation borders.

"A well-crafted and expertly researched history . . . exhibits a brand of intellectual integrity that is rare in a work so critical and this makes it a major contribution to the literature of the impact of imperialism and capitalism on the traditional populations of the Third World." —Peasant Studies

"From written historical records, as well as from very broad and intensive field work, Ann Laura Stoler has pieced together an eminently rich and meaningful episode of Indonesian history . . . . What makes for its quality is the remarkable balance, maintained throughout the study, between description, analysis and interpretation."—Pacific Affairs

Ann Laura Stoler is Professor of Anthropology and History and Women's Studies, University of Michigan, and the author of Race and the Education of Desire: A Colonial Reading of Foucault's The History of Sexuality. She is the recipient of the 1992 Harry J. Benda Prize in Southeast Asian Studies from the Association of Asian Studies.

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ISBN-13: 9780472082193
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 12/15/1995
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

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