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Rethinking Power Relations in Indonesia: Transforming The Margins

Studies decentralization, democratization, and marginality in Indonesia. Exhibits successful decentralization and democratization process after 1998 AD through reducing separatism tendency, local leader election, and increasing political participation on grassroots level. Conceptualizes marginality since colonial time which relate to upland groups, outer islands, unequal administrative power, and land rights disparity. Depicts Indonesia’s redrawing boundaries, state-periphery relations, autonomy and authority of ethnic elites over Indonesia-Malaysia contested borderlands, and marginality in North Maluku. Investigates situations due to economic changes in outer islands, covering neoliberalism among ordinary citizens and de-marginalization process in east Kalimantan.