The Resurgence of Land Reform Policy and Rural Social Movements in Indonesia


Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships


Environmental Science, Policy and Management


This dissertation reveals the ways the new land reform policy and rural social movements in Java, Indonesia, have challenged the structures and processes of state land control, land acquisition, and development policy and practice. It exemplifies how rural movements and land reform policy processes have been mutually constituted through continuous and ongoing processes of movement success and movement setback. This dissertation provides a complex and detailed understanding of how the land politics, management ideologies, and practices of different agencies of a single national state—in this case the National Land Agency and the Ministry of Forestry— conflict, compete, and come together with the objectives of rural social movements at different historical moments.