Land for the People: The State and Agrarian Conflict in Indonesia

Land for the People: The State and Agrarian Conflict in Indonesia

by Anton Lucas, Carol Warren

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Half of Indonesia’s massive population still lives on farms, and for these tens of millions of people the revolutionary promise of land reform remains largely unfulfilled. The Basic Agrarian Law, enacted in the wake of the Indonesian Revolution, was supposed to provide access to land and equitable returns for peasant farmers. But fifty years later, the law’s objectives of social justice have not been achieved.

Land for the People provides a comprehensive look at land conflict and agrarian reform throughout Indonesia’s recent history, from the roots of land conflicts in the prerevolutionary period, and the Sukarno and Suharto regimes, to the present day, in which democratization is creating new contexts for peoples’ claims to the land. Drawing on studies from across Indonesia’s diverse landscape, the contributors examine some of the most significant issues and events affecting land rights, including shifts in policy from the early postrevolutionary period to the New Order; the Land Administration Project that formed the core of land policy during the late New Order period; a long-running and representative dispute over a golf course in West Java that pitted numerous indigenous farmers in Kalimantan against the urban elite; Suharto’s notorious “million hectare” project that resulted in loss of access to land and resources for numerous farmers; and the struggle by Bandung’s urban poor to be treated equitably in the context of commercial land development. Together, these essays provide a critical resource for understanding one of Indonesia’s most pressing and most influential issues.

Contributors: Afrizal, Dianto Bachriadi, Anton Lucas, John McCarthy, John Mansford Prior, Gustaaf Reerink, Carol Warren, and Gunawan Wiradi.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780896804852
Publisher: Ohio University Press
Publication date: 07/01/2013
Series: Ohio RIS Southeast Asia Series , #126
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 408
File size: 10 MB

About the Author

Anton Lucas is an adjunct associate professor in the School of International Studies at Flinders University of South Australia. He is the author One Soul One Struggle: Region and Revolution in Indonesia, and editor of Radikalisme Lokal.

Carol Warren is a Fellow of the Asia Research Centre at Murdoch University, Australia. Her publications include Adat and Dinas: Balinese Communities in the Indonesian State, and, as coeditor with John F. McCarthy, Community, Environment and Local Governance in Indonesia.

Table of Contents

Contents Ch 1: The Land, the Law, and the People Ch 2: Land Concentration and Land Reform in Indonesia Ch 3: Indonesia's Land Titling Program - The Market Solution? Ch 4: The Cimacan Golf Course Dispute Since The New Order Ch 5: Oil Palm Plantations, Customary Rights, and Local Protests Ch 6: Tenure and Transformation in Central Kalimantan Ch 7: Land Disputes and the Church Ch 8: Legal Certainty for Whom? Ch 9: Dealing with the Urban Poor Ch 10: The Agrerian Movement, Civil Society, and Political Constellations Chapter 11: Agrarian Resources and Conflict in the Twenty-First Century Index Contributors

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