Property Rights, Citizenship and Development Issues in Indonesia

Yannik Boserup, Sarah Strunge Albertsen, Ana Luiza Moura da Cunha & Veronika Ten

Student thesis: Termpaper


This chapter aim so enlighten how land grabbing could be seen as a key to Indonesian ‘development’ that led to many social, political and economic transformations. In the recent decades there has been a rush for Indonesian farm land and areas for mining, which has led to dispossession of farmers in many places of the country and disruption of the ‘social contract’ between state and citizens, where the state is obliged to protect its citizens. This is done through Indonesian law, which is written in a way, that makes the state the highest authority over land and resources. These laws undermine Indo- nesian customary laws, the adat, that are essential for people in rural areas. The chapter aims to ana- lyse and discuss different mechanisms affecting the citizenship for rural peasants of Indonesia and takes a critical perspective on the development agenda, and how it is used to push people from their land, in the pursuit of economic growth.

EducationsInternational Development Studies, (Bachelor/Graduate Programme) Graduate
Publication date31 May 2015
Number of pages22
SupervisorsEric Komlavi Hahonou