1st Edition

Rethinking Power Relations in Indonesia Transforming the Margins

    174 Pages
    by Routledge

    174 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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 Islands.

    1. Introduction: Contesting and Reformulating Centre-Periphery Relations in Indonesia

    Part One: Basic Issues

    2. Decentralization and its Impact on the Democratization Process

    3. Conceptualising Marginality in Indonesia

    Part Two: Borders, Identities and Belonging

    4. The Edge of Glory: Theorising Centre-Periphery Relations in and from Indonesia’s Riau Islands

    5. Nested Sovereignties: Autonomy and Authority in the Indonesian Borderlands

    6. Redrawing Borders and Reshaping Marginality in North Maluku

    Part Three: Resources, Power and Inequality

    7. Perceiving Neoliberalism beyond Jakarta

    8. Rich Regency – Prosperous People? Decentralisation, Marginality and Remoteness in East Kalimantan

    9. Concluding Remarks


    Michaela Haug is Research Associate at the Institute for Ethnology, University of Cologne, Germany.

    Martin Rössler 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, Germany.