Land's End: Capitalist Relations on an Indigenous Frontier by Tania Murray Li

By Tania Murray Li

Drawing on 20 years of ethnographic study in Sulawesi, Indonesia, Tania Murray Li bargains an intimate account of the emergence of capitalist family between indigenous highlanders who privatized their universal land to plant a growth crop, cacao. Spurred through the desire of finishing their poverty and isolation, a few prospered, whereas others misplaced their land and struggled to maintain their households. but the winners and losers during this transition weren't strangers—they have been relatives and pals. Li's richly peopled account takes the reader into the highlanders' global, exploring the dilemmas they confronted as sharp inequalities emerged between them.

The e-book demanding situations complacent, modernization narratives promoted by way of improvement organizations that suppose inefficient farmers who lose out within the shift to high-value export vegetation can locate jobs in different places. a long time of asymmetric and sometimes jobless progress in Indonesia intended that for newly landless highlanders, land's finish was once a lifeless finish. The booklet additionally has implications for social move activists, who seldom attend to situations the place enclosure is initiated by means of farmers instead of coerced through the nation or agribusiness organisations. Li's cognizance to the historic, cultural, and ecological dimensions of this conjuncture demonstrates the facility of the ethnographic technique and its relevance to conception and perform today.

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The people in the tiny huts under the trees were squatting on the land and had no right to cultivate long-term crops. Even if Positions 37 the old coconut trees were replaced by more productive ones, the poor would not benefit, and they might even be evicted if the landowners decided to plant more trees to maximize their profits. I also tried to explain that the poorest people were living in the highlands, out of sight, but he was not interested. “These people here are quite poor enough for our project,” he said.

Cacao’s cost of production was shaped by the price of agricultural chemicals, and by the interest local merchants charged on credit. Whether a particular highland neighborhood had a church in it or a mosque was the outcome of transnational networks of missionary activity, movements of specific groups of people up hill or Introduction 19 down, and localized practices of social boundary marking. 66 The arrival of cacao as a boom crop in Sulawesi in the 1980s had a specific, relational trajectory.

Rule was light, with the government making few demands and offering few services. The colonial head tax was abolished and not replaced. The New Order government (1965–98) replaced the position of raja with that of subdistrict head (camat), but maintained continuity by recruiting camats for Tinombo and Tomini from the ex-raja’s family. The small settlements along the coast became the centers of new administrative units, desas, which followed the old system: each had a headman who lived on the coast, and was responsible for keeping the peace in a section of the highland interior.

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