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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 Anxieties of Mobility

Johan A. Lindquist

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter focuses on the ethnically Malay working-class men who travel to Batam in order to escape, at least temporarily, what they perceive as Singapore's overly regulated and expensive society. These working-class men, who experience increasing marginalization in Singapore, gain new forms of power and agency on Batam not through the formal processes of offshore capitalism, but through the possibilities of the liar. The chapter uses these men and their engagements with the liar as an ethnographic vantage point to offer new kinds perspectives on Singapore, Batam, and the Growth Triangle. More directly, conceptualizing the liar from the perspective of the Singaporean tourist highlights the multiplicity and overlapping forms of life that characterize contemporary forms of globalization.

Keywords:   Malays, Singapore, working-class men, marginalization, Batam, Indonesia, liar, Singaporean tourists, globalization

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