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Rich Forests, Poor People: Resource Control and Resistance in Java

Nancy Lee Peluso


Millions of Javanese peasants live alongside state-controlled forest lands in one of the world's most densely populated agricultural regions. Because their legal access and customary rights to the forest have been severely limited, these peasants have been pushed toward illegal use of forest resources. This book untangles the complex of peasant and state politics that has developed in Java over three centuries. Drawing on historical materials and intensive field research, including two contemporary case studies, the text presents the story of the forest and its people. Without major changes in ... More

Keywords: Java, Javanese peasants, forest resources, peasant politics, state politics, forest policy, forest management

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1992 Print ISBN-13: 9780520073777
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520073777.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nancy Lee Peluso, author