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Reconfiguring rackets: Racket regimes, protection and the state in post-New Order Jakarta

Wilson, I. (2011) Reconfiguring rackets: Racket regimes, protection and the state in post-New Order Jakarta. In: Aspinall, E. and van Klinken, G., (eds.) The State and Illegality in Indonesia. KITLV Press, Leiden, pp. 239-259.

Link to Published Version: https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004253681_013
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Abstract

In Indonesia, the nongovernmental 'specialists in violence' described by Charles Tilly have been a ubiquitous and conspicuous figure throughout both recent and more distant history albeit in a variety of regional variations and manifestations. This chapter focuses on one particular manifestation, the racketeer, and attempts to chart the shifting nature of protection rackets in post-New Order Jakarta. It argues that, in the decade since the end of the New Order regime, rackets operating under a variety of guises have reorganized and consolidated themselves in ways that make it increasingly difficult to disentangle the 'legal' from the 'illegal'. The chapter examines what was the relationship between the state and non-state providers of protection during the New Order, and what can the more recent consolidation of both criminal and non-state rackets tell us about the nature of the post-New Order state.

Publication Type: Book Chapter
Publisher: KITLV Press
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/39714
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