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Political Ecology of uneven urbanization: Flow of people, flood of water and capital expansion in and beyond (post-) New Order Jakarta

  • 15 January, 2015
  • IHE Delft, Water Governance
  • Prof. dr. M.Z. Zwarteveen

This research examines how Jakarta’s flood prevention infrastructure is productive of new forms of unevenness under the Indonesia’s New Order (1965-1998) dictatorial regime and beyond (1998-now). I trace the historical trajectory of uneven urban development through the issue of: 1) land subsidence due to deep groundwater extraction, in some places the city is sinking with the rate almost 1 m over a decade; 2) land dispossessions in rural area that pushed people to move to the city; 3 ) land use convertion both in the city and in the catchment area. I argue analyzing all of the processes under uneven urban development help to frame partial issues in a more universal way, because they reveal the driver of the processes. This, I conclude, can bring new emancipatory promise for political mobilization against uneven urban development processes.

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