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The Anxieties of MobilityMigration and Tourism in the Indonesian Borderlands$
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Johan A. Lindquist

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824832018

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824832018.001.0001

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The Economy of the Night

The Economy of the Night

(p.71) 3 The Economy of the Night
The Anxieties of Mobility

Johan A. Lindquist

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter focuses on Ozon, the largest disco on Batam, and what it can reveal about processes that shape the lives of Indonesian migrants and, more generally, a particular form of transnational economy. In Ozon women consume Ecstasy in order to deal with feelings of malu—particularly in relation to Islamic prohibitions and the fear that family members will find out they work as prostitutes—and thus more easily engage in prostitution with Singaporean clients. Outside of Ozon relationships with boyfriends, children, and other family members are transformed, as women become the main breadwinners and men are increasingly marginalized. Through this process both female prostitutes and their male Indonesian partners come to recognize themselves as liar, outside the promises of the Indonesian nation and part of the underclass.

Keywords:   Batam, disco, female prostitutes, prostitution, Ecstasy, liar, Indonesian migrants, transnational economy

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