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This article focuses on a local Balinese initiative, the ‘Traditional Village Committee Project’, in which local elites joined with village assemblies to take advantage of the new opportunities offered by Indonesia's decentralisation programme. Through the initiative, traditional village units...
Many leaders in Asia have competed to build public goods of superlative size. Focusing on an observation tower in Suphanburi, an agriculture-based rural province of Thailand, this paper shows that a seemingly wasteful and pretentious public project serves as the site where collective pride is...
This article explores the process of agency and empowerment through a case study of a group of young East Timorese asylum seekers who arrived in Australia during the 1990s. Using Bourdieu's concept of habitus and his theory of practice, the article considers how the asylum seekers dealt with the...
This paper offers an analysis of insecurity among contemporary Indo-Fijian communities. It shows how the historical specificities of the Indo-Fijian experience have strongly contributed to perceptions of marginalisation and deprivation. I then argue that such perceptions of Indo-Fijians do not...
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