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Advent: Democracy, markets and the assertive heart / Gerry van Klinken --
Part one. category --
Betting at the center? Middletown, Mojokuto and "middle Indonesia" / Ben White --
Working category revisited : type family members in Indonesian provincial cities / Nicolaas Warouw --
Class mobil / Jan Newberry --
Part . The kingdom --
A divided provincial city : the advance from ethnic to class-based segmentation in Kupang, West Timor / Sylvia Tidey --
Ethnicity and younger people's paintings aspirations in Pontianak / Wenty Marina Minza --
Resisting reforms : the patience of patrimonialism in Pekalongan's building quarter / Amalinda Savirani --
Part 3. daily tradition --
Growing up in Kupang / Cornelis Lay (with Gerry van Klinken) --
Islam in provincial Indonesia : heart type, way of life and democracy / Noorhaidi Hasan --
In seek of center Indonesian : linguistic dynamics in a provincial city / Joseph Errington.

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At times the provincial town also attracts people from the metropole. Post-1998 decentralization made provincial towns once more attractive to Jakarta-siders (Vel 2007). Physical distances have shrunk rapidly in recent years, also for non-elite travellers. Indonesia’s airports, built for a tiny flying elite, are crammed with small-town folk clutching budget tickets. 8 Some elites commute to and from Jakarta every weekend. For them, the provincial town has practically merged with the metropolis.

Class Let us now zoom in on the middle class in its provincial-town setting. What does it look like up close in the early 2000s? What sources of economic power does it tap? How do its members relate to the poor in their immediate environs? How wide and how deep is the gap that separates them from the poor within town and beyond it? If the gap amounts to a democracy, markets and the assertive middle 17 ravine, any democracy that empowers both sides is likely to be difficult to achieve. Would we find, as the Lynds did in provincial America (Lynd and Lynd 1929, 1937), a town riven by internal class conflicts?

Their religious and even their eating habits differ markedly from those in the kampung class in their own town, as Cornelis Lay shows in his childhood reminiscences set in 1970s Kupang. Recent studies of class tensions in urban Indonesia, though few in number, led us to expect no easy answers to the question of their severity. Some have emphasized rather stark class differences. Howard Dick begins his economic history of twentieth-century Surabaya with a focus on 18 gerry van klinken industrialization and ends with the human-rights abuse that the resultant land grabs caused among poor urban residents.

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