Rescaling of access and property relations in a frontier landscape: insights from Jambi, Indonesia

Hein, Jonas / Soeryo Adiwibowo / Christoph Dittrich / Rosyani / Endriatmo Soetarto / Heiko Faust
External Publications (2015)

in: The Professional Geographer 68 (3), 380-389

Volltext/Document

The recent expansion of protected areas and oil palm plantations in Jambi (Sumatra), Indonesia, has been notably disruptive. This article investigates the scalar dimensions of land conflicts within a privately managed conservation area. We built on qualitative research focusing on struggles related to the formation of two informal settlements within the conservation area. Results indicate that, especially in the context of rapid rescaling (e.g., decentralization), new power constellations emerge, thereby altering preexisting property relations. We argue that competing scales of meaning and regulation are structuring the ability of actors to access land and, consequently, reflect tensions between structure and agency.


About the author

Hein, Jonas

Geographer

Hein

Further experts

Aleksandrova, Mariya

Climate risk governance 

Bauer, Steffen

Political scientist 

Brandi, Clara

Economy and Political Science 

Brüntrup, Michael

Agricultural Economy 

Chan, Sander

Enviroment Policy 

Dippel, Beatrice

Comparatist 

Dombrowsky, Ines

Economist 

Hernandez, Ariel

Economy 

Houdret, Annabelle

Political Scientist 

Hägele, Ramona

Political Scientist 

Iacobuta, Gabriela

Environmental Researcher 

Kuhn, Sascha

Social Psychology 

Lehmann, Ina

Political Scientist 

Malerba, Daniele

Economy 

Mathis, Okka Lou

Political Scientist 

Never, Babette

Political Scientist 

Pegels, Anna

Economist 

Rodríguez de Francisco, Jean Carlo

Ecological Economist 

Schoderer, Mirja

Environmental Researcher 

Scholz, Imme

Sociologist 

Srigiri, Srinivasa Reddy

Agricultural Economist