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This concluding chapter of the book Under Construction focuses on urban space, and housing in particular, but behind the housing issue invariably looms the larger question of the social changes taking place during the decolonization process in Indonesia. Chaos and normality have turned out to be central themes in the lives of almost everybody, and to encompass more than the political manipulation of the rule of law. Chaos and order are familiar concepts in the analysis of urban space. While urban administrators and town planners desire to bring more order to urban space, such practitioners of a critical urban sociology as Jane Jacobs (1964) and Henri Lefebvre (1986) value a certain degree of chaos and disapprove of state attempts to establish order. Normality and chaos are etic constructs, but ones that are very much rooted in the experience of the people concerned.

Keywords: Chaos; decolonization; Henri Lefebvre; Indonesia; Jane Jacobs; urban space



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