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The Seductress (1955–1965)

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The chapter investigates the process by which emancipatory republican meanings in revolutionary Java, where they in turn formed part of a much older global history of communication, travelled across time and distance. It considers the role Kupang played in mediating that seductive power and examines the role of urban brokers in the expansion of social capital that took place in South Central Timor, which by 1963 had NTT's largest concentration of BTI farmers union membership. The seductive modality of power highlighted in the chapter generated new forms of associational power among the poor majority. In the face of widespread perceptions that democracy in developing countries inevitably equates to a feast of elite patronage interspersed with communitarian xenophobia and ethnic violence, doing little for the ordinary citizen, the stories in the chapter paint a more complex picture.

Keywords: BTI farmers; Java; Kupang; seductive modality; South Central Timor; urban brokers



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