TopicManaging Floods in Jakarta: Urbanizing People, Water, and City
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"UNEVEN DEVELOPMENT": Politicizing flood events and urbanizing infrastructural interventions in (post-) New Order Jakarta, Indonesia
There are two basic problems in the way in which floods in Jakarta, capital of Indonesia, are understood. The first one is that researchers do not explicitly relate floods to wider (post-) New Order state-led development processes, a distinct depoliticization in that it conceals how the occurrence of floods is partly the result of, and in turn helps create a particular trajectory of capitalist growth. The second problem is that ongoing interventions in managing floods risk reproducing the unevenness both within and outside the city of Jakarta. They reproduce the unevenness through processes of flowing/retaining/taming water, transforming land and moving people. Therefore, I propose to interrogate and open up for debate the relation between flood events and interventions and uneven urban development – the promotion of particular capitalist vision in Jakarta under the New Order/post-New Order (1965-now) regime, Indonesia. My central research question is: How are flood events and interventions related to uneven urban development of (post-) New Order Jakarta (1965-now)?