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Land's end : capitalist relations on an indigenous frontier

Author: Tania Li
Publisher: Durham ; London : Duke University Press, 2014.
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Drawing on two decades of ethnographic research in Sulawesi, Indonesia, Tania Murray Li offers an intmate account of the emergence of capitalist relations among indigenous highlanders who privatized their common land to plant a boom crop, cacao. Spurred by the hope of ending their poverty and isolation, some prospered, while others lost their land and struggled to sustain their families. Yet the winners and losers  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tania Li
ISBN: 9780822356943 0822356945 9780822357056 0822357054
OCLC Number: 869141214
Description: xvii, 222 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Positions --
Work and care --
Enclosure --
Capitalist relations --
Politics, revisited --
Conclusion --
Appendix: dramatis personae.
Responsibility: Tania Murray Li.

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Drawing on two decades of ethnographic research in Sulawesi, Indonesia, Tania Murray Li offers an intmate account of the emergence of capitalist relations among indigenous highlanders who privatized their common land to plant a boom crop, cacao. Spurred by the hope of ending their poverty and isolation, some prospered, while others lost their land and struggled to sustain their families. Yet the winners and losers in this transition were not strangers--they were kin and neighbors. Li's richly peopled account takes the reader into the highlanders' world, exploring the dilemmas they face as sharp inequalities emerged among them. The book challenges complacent modernization narratives promoted by development agencies that assume inefficient farmers who lose out in the shift to high-value export crops can find jobs elsewhere. Decades of uneven and often jobless growth in Indonesia meant that for the newly landless highlanders, land's end was a dead end. The book also has implications for social-movement activists, who seldom attend to instances were enclosure is initiated by farmers rather than coerced by the state or agribusiness corporations. Li's attention to the historical, cultural, and ecological dimensions of this conjuncture demonstrates the power of the ethnographic method and its relevance to theory and practice today. -- Provided by publisher.
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"Land's End is a thorough and compelling piece of ethnographic scholarship. Written in very accessible narrative style, but appropriately grounded in social theory, it is a great read for social Read more...

 
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