Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Sailing-Trading Livelihoods in Southeastern Indonesia: Adapting to Change

No metrics data to plot.
The attempt to load metrics for this article has failed.
The attempt to plot a graph for these metrics has failed.
The full text of this article is not currently available.

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this article

+ Tax (if applicable)
Add to Favorites
You must be logged in to use this functionality

image of Asian Journal of Social Science

AbstractSailing-trading livelihoods in southeastern Indonesia have undergone significant change during the later half of the twentieth century and into the twenty-first century. This study identifies how geopolitical, economic, legal and technological drivers of change shape sailing-trading livelihoods. Using an integrated approach, it shows how these macro-level drivers articulate with sailor-traders’ individual and group-based responses at the local level. The findings highlight that over the study period, small-scale inter-island trading within Indonesia’s borders became increasingly competitive and monopolised. In response, sailor-traders strategically adopted new opportunities that involve international border crossings, including to Australia to harvest sea cucumber, transport asylum seekers and undertake work while serving prison terms. The concluding remarks are that while aspects of contemporary sailing-trading livelihoods are temporal and unsustainable, the overall ebb and flow of livelihoods reflects a broader pattern of adaptive responses amidst ongoing change.

Affiliations: 1: Faculty of Education and Arts, Australian Catholic


Full text loading...


Data & Media loading...

1. Abraham Itty , Van Schendel Willem Van Schendel Willem , Abraham Itty "“Introduction: The Making of Illicitness”" Illicit Flows and Criminal Things: States, Borders, and the Other Side of Globalization 2002 Bloomington Indiana University Press 1 37
2. Ammarell Gene Bugis Navigation 1999 New Haven Yale University Southeast Asia Studies
3. Boomgaard Peter Boomgaard Peter , Henley David "“Resources and People of the Sea in and Around the Indonesian Archipelago, 900–1900”" Muddied Waters: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on Management of Forest and Fisheries in Island Southeast Asia 2005 Leiden KITLV Press 98 119
4. Badan Pusat Statistik Kabupaten Rote Ndao dalam Angka 2002 2002 Kupang BPS, Kabupaten Kupang
5. Campbell Bruce C. , Wilson Bu V.E. The Politics of Exclusion: Indonesian Fishing in the Australian Fishing Zone 1993 Indian Ocean Centre for Peace Studies Monograph No.5 Nedlands, WA Indian Ocean Centre for Peace Studies and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research
6. Cappo Mark , Meekan Mark , Perry Malcolm , McCauley Rob , Harvey Euan "“Traditional Fishing puts the Bite on Sharks”" Australasian Science 2004 Vol 25 10 29 32
7. Dawson Jonathan Newell Peter , Rai Shirin M. , Scott Andrew "“Stagnant Backwater or Dynamic Engine of Growth? The Small Enterprise Sector under Globalization”" Development and the Challenge of Globalization 2002 London Practical Action Publishing 57 66 [Crossref]
8. Dick Howard W. "“Prahu Shipping in Eastern Indonesia. Part II”" Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies 1975 Vol 11 3 81 103 [Crossref]
9. Dick Howard W. , Rimmer Peter J. Cities, Transport and Communications: The Integration of Southeast Asia Since 1850 2003 Houndmills Palgrave Macmillan
10. DIMA "Produced by the Public Affairs Section of the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs (DIMA)" Fact Sheet 74a. Boat Arrival Details (on Australian Mainland) 2004 Revised 6 October 2004. Retrieved 7 July, 2013 from website: .
11. Forbes Vivian L. Rumley Dennis , Forbes D., Vivian L. , Griffin Christopher "“Australia’s Maritime Space: Conflict and Cooperation”" Australia’s Arc of Instability: The Political and Cultural Dynamics of Regional Security 2006 Dordrecht, Netherlands Springer 23 48 [Crossref]
12. Fox James J. Sakai Minako "“Beyond Jakarta: Contemplating Indonesia’s Possible Futures”" Beyond Jakarta: Regional Autonomy and Local Societies in Indonesia 2002 Belair, SA Crawford House 293 302
13. Hardin Garrett "“The Tragedy of the Commons”" Science 1968 Vol 162 3859 1243 1248 [Crossref]
14. Heyman Josiah McC. , Smart Alan Heyman Josiah McC. "“States and Illegal Practices: An Overview”" States and Illegal Practices 1999 Oxford Berg 1 24
15. Horridge G. Adrian The Lambo or Prahu Bot: A Western Ship in an Eastern Setting 1979 Maritime Monographs and Reports No. 39 Greenwich Trustees of the National Maritime Museum
16. Hunyor Jonathon "“Don’t Jail the Ferryman . . . The Sentencing of Indonesian ‘people movers’”" Alternative Law Journal 2001 Vol 26 5 223 228
17. Koser Kalid Kyle David , Koslowski Rye "“The Smuggling of Asylum Seekers into Western Europe: Contradictions, Conundrums, and Dilemmas”" Global Human Smuggling: Comparative Perspectives 2001 Baltimore Johns Hopkins University Press 58 73
18. Mackie James Cushman Jennifer W. , Gungwu Wang "“Changing Economic Roles and Ethnic Identities of the Southeast Asian Chinese: A Comparison of Indonesia and Thailand”" Changing Identities of the Southeast Asian Chinese Since World War II 1988 Hong Kong Hong Kong University Press 217 260
19. Maley William "“Security, People-smuggling, and Australia’s New Afghan Refugees”" Australian Journal of International Affairs 2001 Vol 55 3 351 370 [Crossref]
20. Marr David , Wilkinson Marian Dark Victory 2004 Crows Nest, NSW Allen and Unwin
21. Nagar Richa , Lawson Victoria , McDowell Linda , Hanson Susan "“Locating Globalization: Feminist (Re)readings of the Subjects and Spaces of Globalization”" Economic Geography 2002 Vol 78 3 257 284 [Crossref]
22. Nugent Paul Nugent Paul , Asiwaju Anthony I. "“Arbitrary Lines and the People’s Minds: A Dissenting View on Colonial Boundaries in West Africa”" African Boundaries: Barriers, Conduits and Opportunities 1996 London Pinter 35 67
23. Overa Ragnhild "“Networks, Distance, and Trust: Telecommunications Development and Changing Trading Practices in Ghana”" World Development 2006 Vol 34 7 1301 1315 [Crossref]
24. Pannell Sandra "“Circulating Commodities — Reflections on the Movement and Meaning of Shells and Stories in North Australia and Eastern Indonesia”" Oceania 1993 Vol 64 57 76 [Crossref]
25. Parliament of Australia 2001 Review of Coastwatch, Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit, Submission No. 59 Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, March 2001. Retrieved 15 December 2012 from website: .
26. Prescott James , Vogel Camille , Pollock Kenneth , Hyson Samuel , Oktaviani Dian , Panggabean Anthony Sisco "“Estimating Sea Cucumber Abundance and Exploitation Rates Using Removal Methods”" Marine and Freshwater Research 2013 Vol 64 7 599 608 [Crossref]
27. Schulte Nordholt Henk , van Klinken Gerry Schulte Nordholt Henk , van Klinken Gerry "“Introduction”" Renegotiating Boundaries. Local politics in post-Suharto Indonesia 2007 Leiden KITLV Press 1 29
28. Scoones Ian "“Livelihood Perspectives and Rural Development”" Journal of Peasant Studies 2009 Vol 36 1 171 196 [Crossref]
29. Senate of Australia "Report on a Certain Maritime Incident" Select Committee for an Inquiry into a Certain Maritime Incident 2002 23 October 2002, Retrieved 15 December 2012 from website: .
30. Stacey Natasha Boats to Burn: Bajo Fishing Activity in the Australian Fishing Zone 2007 Asia Pacific Environment Monograph 2 ANU E-Press, Retrieved 5 July 2013 from website
31. Skewes T.D. , Dennis D.M. , Jacobs D.R. , Gordon S.R. , Taranto T.J. , Haywood M. , Pitcher C.R. , Smith G.P. , Milton D. , Pointer I.R. "Report to the Department of the Environment and Heritage, CSIRO Division of Marine Research" Survey and Stock Size Estimates of the Shallow Reef (0–15m deep) and Shoal Area (15–50m deep). Marine Resources and Habitat Mapping within the Timor Sea MOU74 Box. Volume 1: Stock Estimates and Stock Status. 1999 Retrieved 15 December 2012 from website: .
32. Smit Jack H. "“The Political Origins and Development of Australia’s People Smuggling Legislation: Evil Smugglers or Extreme Rhetoric?”" Theses: Doctorates and Masters 2011 Paper 419, Retrieved 31 January 2013 from website: .
33. Tsing Anna L. In the Realm of the Diamond Queen: Marginality in an Out-of-the-way Place 1993 Princeton, NJ Princeton University Press
34. Woods Michael "“Engaging the Global Countryside: Globalisation, Hybridity and the Reconstitution of Rural Place”" Progress in Human Geography 2007 Vol 31 4 485 507 [Crossref]
35. Yeung Henry W. , Dicken Peter "“Economic Globalisation and the Tropical World in the New Millennium: An Introduction”" Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography 2000 Vol 21 3 225 232 [Crossref]

Article metrics loading...



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Subscribe to ToC alert
  • Get permissions
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Asian Journal of Social Science — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation