Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Nine-Tenths of the LawEnduring Dispossession in Indonesia$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Christian Lund

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780300251074

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300251074.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM YALE SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.yale.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Yale University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in YSO for personal use.date: 01 July 2022

On Track

On Track

Spontaneous Privatization of Public Urban Land

(p.126) Chapter Six On Track
Nine-Tenths of the Law

Christian Lund

Yale University Press

This chapter analyzes struggles over urban space in Bandung, a city of some two-and-a-half million inhabitants. It focuses on a particular piece of land, a strip alongside a now inoperative railway line. As infrastructure, it falls within the ambit of government spatial control. Yet the area has become a settlement for ordinary people through an intricate combination of claims. The selection of this urban setting is not a claim that spontaneous privatization is generalized in Indonesia, in its urban areas, or even in Bandung. Instead, it is an example of how privatization can take place even where one would suppose that government control over space is rather strong. If privatization dynamics nonetheless unfold under the nose of government, these are dynamics worth studying in many other places. The chapter then presents a brief outline of the history of informal, unplanned urban settlement in Java.

Keywords:   urban space, Bandung, railway line, government spatial control, privatization, Indonesia, informal urban settlement, Java

Yale Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.