Being seen like the state

Emulations of legal culture in customary labor and land tenure arrangements in East Kalimantan, Indonesia

Jaap Timmer*

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Abstract

In this article, I analyze emulations of state legal culture in local labor and land tenure arrangements among Bugis migrants in East Kalimantan, Indonesia, to challenge the assumptions of a World Bank report on nonstate justice in Indonesia. I focus, in particular, on how and why nonstate actors emulate aspects of the governmentality of the state to construct a new realm of participation in the region and the state as well as of rights and citizenship. In contrast to conclusions reached by the World Bank, I find that this tendency may increase rather than reduce legal pluralism and does not guarantee that those involved acknowledge the state's ideal of the rule of law.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)703-712
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Ethnologist
Volume37
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2010

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