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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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Revolving Doors of Dispossession

Revolving Doors of Dispossession

(p.118) 5 Revolving Doors of Dispossession
The Anxieties of Mobility

Johan A. Lindquist

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter writes an ethnography of eviction that highlights the ambiguous position of Indonesian migrant labor in the Growth Triangle. More specifically, it demonstrates not only a process of eviction, but also a kind of revolving door of accruing dispossession. This suggests that the position of Indonesian migrant labor in the Growth Triangle should be located at the historically contingent intersections between state regimes of deportation, a gendered transnational labor market, and the emotional economy that keeps migrants on the move. Moreover, taking the experiences of migrants seriously, and situating them historically, illustrates how state strategies and migrant tactics form part of an interconnected system that keeps people on the move in the borderlands.

Keywords:   Indonesian migrant labor, Batam, Growth Triangle, migrant mobility, eviction, deportation, transnational labor market

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