Where Have the "Entrepreneurs" Gone? A Historical Comment on <i>Adat</i> in Central Flores

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<p>This article presents an historical analysis carried out in order to understand the present state of <i>adat</i> (custom or customary law) in central Flores, eastern Indonesia. By exploring the vast network of causal nexuses that have brought the present into existence, this study aims to elucidate what the present, or a certain phenomenon observed in the present, really is. Here I deal selectively with certain parts of that network of causes and effects. Specifically, I explicate how the present state of <i>adat</i> in central Flores is causally connected with (1) the slave trade and warfare that took place in central Flores until the early 20th century, (2) Dutch colonial rule, which prohibited both slavery and warfare, and (3) the "development" policy that the Soeharto government executed from the 1970s until its downfall in 1998. I have chosen this focus not only for reasons of space, but also because doing so makes it possible to comprehend aspects of the present state of <i>adat</i> that were not conceived of in the "development" discourse that took place during Soeharto's New Order and have not been conceived of in the current political circumstances surrounding <i>adat</i>. </p>

Journal

  • Asian and African Area Studies

    Asian and African Area Studies 6(1), 120-150, 2006

    Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies, Kyoto University

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  • NII Article ID (NAID)
    130007534970
  • NII NACSIS-CAT ID (NCID)
    AA11551227
  • Text Lang
    ENG
  • Article Type
    departmental bulletin paper
  • Journal Type
    大学紀要
  • ISSN
    1346-2466
  • NDL Article ID
    8516583
  • NDL Source Classification
    ZG71(歴史・地理--アジア・アフリカ)
  • NDL Call No.
    Z71-F169
  • Data Source
    NDL  IR  J-STAGE 
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