Forgotten People: Poverty, Risk and Social Security in Indonesia

The Case of the Madurese

Forgotten People deals with people living at the fringes of the Indonesian society. It describes and analyses their livelihoods and styles of making a living from an insider perspective. While Indonesia has experienced steady economic growth for more than a decade, the livelihoods and lifestyles of poor people and migrants confronted with poverty and insecurity have received less attention. This book describes and analyses diversity in livelihood strategies, risk-taking and local forms of social security (social welfare) of people living below or close to the Indonesian poverty line. It puts two categories of forgotten people at the centre. Peasants, living in remote areas in rural Java, and Madurese migrants craving for a better life in urban and rural East Kalimantan.
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Gerben Nooteboom (1970) studied Rural Sociology and Development at Wageningen University and obtained a PhD in Anthropology and Development Studies at Radboud University Nijmegen (2003). Currently, he teaches at the department of Anthropology and Sociology, University of Amsterdam and is director of the Master Programme Contemporary Asian Studies.
For all those interested in Area studies: Indonesia, Southeast Asia, Kalimantan, Java; political science (local politics; political economy; identity politics; urban politics; rural politics; natural resource conflicts); anthropology (ethnicity, poverty, conflict studies, urban anthropology, rural anthropology, cultural anthropology); sociology (urban sociology, rural sociology, environmental sociology, development studies, social security).