Nine-Tenths of the Law: Enduring Dispossession in Indonesia

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Nine-Tenths of the Law: Enduring Dispossession in Indonesia
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An exploration of the relationship between possession and legalization across Indonesia, and how people navigate dispossession

‚ÄčThe old aphorism "possession is nine-tenths of the law" is particularly relevant in Indonesia, which has seen a string of regime changes and a shifting legal landscape for property claims. Ordinary people struggle to legalize their possessions and claim rights in competition with different branches of government, as well as police, army, and private gangs. This book explores the relationship between possession and legalization across Indonesia, examining the imaginative and improvisational interpretations of law by which Indonesians navigate dispossession.

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9780300251074
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Paperback
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January 5, 2021