The Politics of Bonded Labour among Rattan-Collectors in South-Western Sumatra, Late 1980s

The Politics of Bonded Labour among Rattan-Collectors in South-Western Sumatra, Late 1980s © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010 DOI: 10.1163/156853110X530769 Asian Journal of Social Science 38 (2010) 853–865 brill.nl/ajss The Politics of Bonded Labour among Rattan-Collectors in South-Western Sumatra, Late 1980s Heinzpeter Znoj * University of Bern Abstract At the end of the 1980s, the commercial search for rattan in the newly-established Kerinci-Seb- lat National Park in south-western Sumatra relied on debt bondage as a means of labour con- trol. In a village at the fringes of the park, land and water were ample and free resources but labour power was scarce. Since their land was of no monetary value, the local rice farmers had to pawn their own labour power to secure loans from traders. The focus in the article is on how this debt-bondage was negotiated and discursively constructed on an everyday basis between the indebted rattan collectors and their creditors. In these micro-politics of debt-bondage, the collectors relied on subsistence ethics to openly default on what they called ‘war debts’ to limit the degree of their exploitation. The article shows that this case of debt bondage in forest product collection was an inherently contested and unstable institution that was embedded in notions of mutual obligations within patron-client http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Journal of Social Science Brill

The Politics of Bonded Labour among Rattan-Collectors in South-Western Sumatra, Late 1980s

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© 2010 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1568-4849
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1568-5314
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10.1163/156853110X530769
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© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010 DOI: 10.1163/156853110X530769 Asian Journal of Social Science 38 (2010) 853–865 brill.nl/ajss The Politics of Bonded Labour among Rattan-Collectors in South-Western Sumatra, Late 1980s Heinzpeter Znoj * University of Bern Abstract At the end of the 1980s, the commercial search for rattan in the newly-established Kerinci-Seb- lat National Park in south-western Sumatra relied on debt bondage as a means of labour con- trol. In a village at the fringes of the park, land and water were ample and free resources but labour power was scarce. Since their land was of no monetary value, the local rice farmers had to pawn their own labour power to secure loans from traders. The focus in the article is on how this debt-bondage was negotiated and discursively constructed on an everyday basis between the indebted rattan collectors and their creditors. In these micro-politics of debt-bondage, the collectors relied on subsistence ethics to openly default on what they called ‘war debts’ to limit the degree of their exploitation. The article shows that this case of debt bondage in forest product collection was an inherently contested and unstable institution that was embedded in notions of mutual obligations within patron-client

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Asian Journal of Social ScienceBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2010

Keywords: Rejang; Sumatra; patron-client relationships; Kerinci-Seblat National Park; debt bondage; forest product collection; debt

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