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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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Between Stress Beach and Fantasy Island

Between Stress Beach and Fantasy Island

(p.144) 6 Between Stress Beach and Fantasy Island
The Anxieties of Mobility

Johan A. Lindquist

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter offers not so much closure as a way forward. Taking as its starting point an ambiguous structure being built on Batam's Stress Beach in 2003—a structure suggesting both boom and bust—it highlights the form of temporality—the belum, or “not yet”—and the related open-ended circuits of mobility that have formed the trajectory for description throughout this book. In so doing, the book reaffirms the critical importance of ethnography as a method that reduces the gap between description and theory in studies of globalization and social life, more generally, thus positioning anthropology as a discipline at the center of social inquiry.

Keywords:   Batam, globalization, temporality, mobility, ethnography, social life, anthropology, social inquiry

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