Ausgabe 11

Die Erfindung der Armut in der indonesischen Provinz

Transnationale Entwicklungskonzepte und lokale Austauschuprozesse

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Willemijn De Jong

In the 1990s, international organisations formulated a specific concept of poverty that has since been propagated worldwide. this article argues that this concept, strongly shaped by Western ideas, cannot adequately grasp the local realities in which the families on Flores island live. Although infrastructural and economic resources in this region of Indonesia are undeniably few, talking about «poverty», the author claims, is ultimately a western imposition. Exemplifying the program of the «neglected villages», the article shows how transnational and national developmental policies affect these families in the provinces. it also presents the families own regimes of regulative discourse and practice regarding economic and social security, oriented more towards wealth and its distribution than towards poverty. The author pleads for more open concepts of livelihood and social security in poverty research and policy-making.