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Author Lindquist, Johan.

Title The anxieties of mobility : migration and tourism in the Indonesian borderlands / Johan A. Lindquist
Published Honolulu : University of Hawaiʻi Press, [2009]
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Description 1 online resource (viii, 193 pages) : illustrations, map
Series Southeast Asia--politics, meaning, and memory
Southeast Asia--politics, meaning, memory.
Contents Borderland formations -- The diluted enclave -- The economy of the night -- Fantasy island -- Revolving doors of dispossession -- Between stress beach and fantasy island
Summary Since the late 1960s the Indonesian island of Batam has been transformed from a sleepy fishing village to a booming frontier town, where foreign investment, mostly from neighboring Singapore, converges with inexpensive land and labor. Export processing zones such as Batam are both celebrated and vilified in contemporary debates on economic globalization. The Anxieties of Mobility moves beyond these dichotomies to explore the experiences of migrants and tourists who pass through Batam. Johan Lindquist's extensive fieldwork allows him to portray globalization in terms of relationships that bind individuals together over long distances rather than as a series of impersonal economic transactions. He offers a unique ethnographic perspective, drawing together the worlds of factory workers and prostitutes, migrants and tourists, and creating a compelling account of everyday life in a borderland characterized by dramatic capitalist expansion. The book uses three Indonesian concepts (merantau, malu, liar) to shed light on the mobility of migrants and tourists on Batam. The first refers to a person's relationship with home while in the process of migration. The second signifies the shame or embarrassment felt when one is between accepted roles and emotional states. The third, liar, literally means "wild" and is used to identify those who are out of place, notably squatters, couples in premarital cohabitation, and prostitutes without pimps. These sometimes overlapping concepts allow the book to move across geographical and metaphorical boundaries and between various economies. The Anxieties of Mobility is an ideal text for courses dealing with gender, globalization, and anthropology
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 171-186) and index
Notes Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002. MiAaHDL
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Subject Globalization -- Economic aspects -- Indonesia -- Batam Island.
Globalization -- Social aspects -- Indonesia -- Batam Island.
Marginality, Social -- Indonesia -- Batam Island.
Migrant labor -- Indonesia -- Batam Island.
Women migrant labor -- Indonesia -- Batam Island.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0824864581 (electronic bk.)
1441620265 (electronic bk.)
9780824864583 (electronic bk.)
9781441620262 (electronic bk.)
Other Titles Migration and tourism in the Indonesian borderlands