Rethinking Power Relations in Indonesia: Transforming the Margins, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Rethinking Power Relations in Indonesia

Transforming the Margins, 1st Edition

Edited by Michaela Haug, Martin Rössler, Anna-Teresa Grumblies


164 pages | 4 B/W Illus.

Purchasing Options:$ = USD
Hardback: 9781138962781
pub: 2016-07-13
SAVE ~$35.00
eBook (VitalSource) : 9781315659190
pub: 2016-07-15
from $28.98

FREE Standard Shipping!


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.

Table of Contents

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

Michaela Haug, Martin Rössler and Anna-Teresa Grumblies

Part One: Basic Issues

2. Decentralization and its Impact on the Democratization Process

Patrick Ziegenhain

3. Conceptualising Marginality in Indonesia

Anna-Teresa Grumblies

Part Two: Borders, Identities and Belonging

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

Nicholas J. Long

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

Michael Eilenberg

6. Redrawing Borders and Reshaping Marginality in North Maluku

Kirsten Jäger

Part Three: Resources, Power and Inequality

7. Perceiving Neoliberalism beyond Jakarta

Laurens Bakker

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

Michaela Haug

9. Concluding Remarks

Michaela Haug, Martin Rössler and Anna-Teresa Grumblies

About the Editors

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.

About the Series

Routledge Contemporary Southeast Asia Series

The aim of this series is to publish original, high-quality work by both new and established scholars on all aspects of Southeast Asia.

Learn more…

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General