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The Anxieties of Mobility: Migration and Tourism in the Indonesian Borderlands

Johan A. Lindquist


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. Indonesian female migrants dominate the island's economic landscape both as factory workers and as prostitutes. Indonesians also move across the border in search of work in Malaysia and Singapore as plantation and construction workers or maids. Export-processing zones such as Batam are both celebrated and vilified in contemporary debates on economic globalization ... More

Keywords: Batam, frontier town, foreign investment, female migrants, Indonesian migrants, Singapore, economic globalization, migrant mobility, tourist mobility

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780824832018
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824832018.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Johan A. Lindquist, author
Stockholm University