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Capitalism and Confrontation in Sumatra's Plantation Belt, 1870-1979

Second Edition
Ann Laura Stoler
Explores the relations of power and production that structured the course of plantation agriculture and the lives of those drawn into its field of force

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Over the last century, North Sumatra has been the site of one of the most intensive and successful pursuits of foreign agricultural enterprise of any developing country. Colonial expansion by Europeans resulted in overt--sometimes violent-- conflict between capital and labor, as workers resisted plantation interests. Capitalism and Confrontation in Sumatra's Plantation Belt, 1870-1979 is a fascinating ethnographic history that analyzes how popular resistance actively molded both the form of colonialism and the social, economic, and political experience of the Javanese laboring communities on Sumatra's plantation borders.

Ann Laura Stoler is Professor of Anthropology and History and Women's Studies, University of Michigan, and the author of Race and the Education of Desire: A Colonial Reading of Foucault's The History of Sexuality. She is the recipient of the 1992 Harry J. Benda Prize in Southeast Asian Studies from the Association of Asian Studies.

Praise / Awards

  • "From written historical records, as well as from very broad and intensive field work, Ann Laura Stoler has pieced together an eminently rich and meaningful episode of Indonesian history. . . . What makes for its quality is the remarkable balance, maintained throughout the study, between description, analysis and interpretation."
    Pacific Affairs
  • "Stoler has produced a stunning and seminal study. . . . This is a superb piece of interdisciplinary research. . . ."
    World Development
  • ". . . intellectually provocative and significant."
    Journal of Asian Studies
  • ". . . an interesting and valuable book . . . "
    Times Literary Supplement
  • ". . . a reissue of a fine field study together with a smaller . . . fascinating preface which explores the context of the production of academic scholarship."
    Pacific Affairs
  • "From written historical records, as well as from very broad and intensive field work, Ann Laura Stoler has pieced together an eminently rich and meaningful episode of Indonesian history. . . . What makes for its quality is the remarkable balance, maintained throughout the study, between description, analysis and interpretation."
    Pacific Affairs
  • "A well-crafted and expertly researched history . . . exhibits a brand of intellectual integrity that is rare in a work so critical and this makes it a major contribution to the literature of the impact of imperialism and capitalism on the traditional populations of the Third World."
    Peasant Studies

Product Details

  • 6 x 9.
  • 296pp.
  • 10 pages of photographs.
Available for sale worldwide

  • Paper
  • 1995
  • Available
  • 978-0-472-08219-3

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  • $33.95 U.S.

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