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Relations in Production

Robert W. Hefner

in The Political Economy of Mountain Java

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 1990 | ISBN: 9780520069336
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520913769 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520069336.003.0005
Relations in Production

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The history and organization of landholding and labor organization in the highlands remain poorly documented. We know little of how colonialism affected upland labor organization and even less about the impact of commercial agriculture today. This chapter aims to provide just such a chronicle, examining the social processes that have shaped landholding and labor relations in the Tengger highlands. Neither reality is a pure market phenomenon. Both show the dramatic influence of broader shifts in Indonesian politics and society. Both illustrate the general truth that market conditions are always shaped by the legal, moral, and political circumstances of society as a whole.

Keywords: landholding; labor organization; Tengger highlands; colonialism; Indonesian politics; Indonesian society

Chapter.  20114 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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