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    Urban evictions, public housing, and the gendered rationalisation of Kampung life in Jakarta

    Tilley, Lisa and Elias, J. and Rethel, L. (2019) Urban evictions, public housing, and the gendered rationalisation of Kampung life in Jakarta. Asia Pacific Viewpoint 60 (1), pp. 80-93. ISSN 1467-8373.

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    Abstract

    The dispossession of urban communities across class and racial lines is a global phenomenon linked to the expansion of international investment in the development of ‘exemplary’ city space. However, city evictions are also historically-informed and gendered processes which are continuous with past colonial and postcolonial urban rationalisation projects. Drawing on testimonies of women evictees in Jakarta, as well as interviews with public housing managers, this article details the gendered nature of the rationalisation of urban life in the context of a contemporary evictions regime. We argue that the rationalisation of urban space serves to sharpen the gender order by placing material constraints on women’s roles, limiting their economic activities, and defining them as hygiene-responsible housewives. Further, and in turn, the limited provision of ‘rusunawa’ public housing, which we show to be a gendered spatial and social transition informed by state doctrine on the family, provides the state with justification for dispossession itself. Finally, women’s everyday acts of refusal and resistance show not only that kampung forms of social life continue to be preserved in Jakarta, but also that rationalisation itself is a negotiated and contingent process.

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    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the article, which has been published in final form at the link above. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): evictions, dispossession, Jakarta, Indonesia, public housing, gender, urban space, exemplary centre, rationalisation
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Politics
    Depositing User: Lisa Tilley
    Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2018 10:29
    Last Modified: 10 Apr 2019 15:02
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/23848

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