Anton Lucas is the author of One Soul One Struggle: Region and Revolution in Indonesia and coauthor, with Dianto Bachriadi, of Merampas Tanah Rakyat: Kasus Tapos dan Cimacan.
Listed in: Agricultural and Food Policy · Asian Studies · Southeast Asian Studies · Southeast Asian History
Half of Indonesia’s massive population still lives on farms, and for these tens of millions of people the revolutionary promise of land reform remains largely unfulfilled. The Basic Agrarian Law, enacted in the wake of the Indonesian revolution, was supposed to provide access to land and equitable returns for peasant farmers. But fifty years later, the law’s objectives of social justice have not been achieved.
“The book promises to put agrarian studies, and land reform in particular, back on the social science agenda for Indonesia area specialists…. This will be the major reference on this topic for a considerable time to come.”
Gerry van Klinken, Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies