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The Anxieties of Mobility: Migration and Tourism in the Indonesian Borderlands

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Since the late 1960s the Indonesian island of Batam has been transformed from a sleepy fishing village to a booming frontier town, where foreign investment, mostly from neighboring Singapore, converges with inexpensive land and labor. Export processing zones such as Batam are both celebrated and vilified in contemporary debates on economic globalization. The Anxieties of M ...more
Paperback, 193 pages
Published September 30th 2008 by University of Hawaii Press
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Kathryn
Feb 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
"The Anxieties of Mobility" was assigned in my Introduction to Anthropology class. I had previously studied abroad in China, and one focus in my Issues in Chinese Society course was on migrant labor, so I came in with a bit of information on migrant labor in East Asia, but no knowledge whatsoever on Indonesia.

This book focuses on the island of Batam in Indonesia and explores the lives of those affected by the economic growth in the region and by the increased desire for and restraints upon mobi
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Dragos
Mar 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Impeccably written and innovative, The anxieties of mobility is one of those rare 'gimmick' books in social sciences that works like a charm. Charting the development of the Indonesian island of Batam and it's relationship with nearby Singapore Anxieties presents us with a wide swathe of people, all migrants, almost all exploited and using hard work and hard drugs to navigate the triumvirate of concepts put forward by Lindquist as his framework: merantau, malu and liar.

Great read for anyone int
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Jesse
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
elegant ethnography of the best kind, and super accessible for students. highly relevant for Southeast Asian Studies, or anyone interested in migration, globalization, labor, development, gender, and emotions.
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