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Land Disputes and the Church: Sobering Thoughts from Flores

Prior, John (2013) Land Disputes and the Church: Sobering Thoughts from Flores. In: Land for the People: The State and Agrarian Conflict in Indonesia. Ohio University Press, Ohio 45701, USA, pp. 215-242. ISBN 978-0-89680-287-2


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Land disputes are dramatically on the increase on Flores Island, Indonesia and the Catholic Church is closely involved. Land disputes are a vital issue and not only because land with its natural resources is the foundation of the local economy. Just as importantly, land, village and house map out the religious, cosmological and cultural values of the indigenous people. Land disputes also focus our attention upon the globalizing market and the local economies of Flores as they are appropriated by wider commercial concerns. In addition, land disputes reflect a resurgence of local culture and the demand for both dignity and identity by the Florenese peoples. They also might indicate the breakup of the indigenous communities of Flores as we have known them. This essay examines two cases. In the first, a clash between the government and people in Western Flores regarding the use of land claimed by both sides. In the second, the church as landowner and look at a move by indigenous people in central Flores to reclaim land which has been used by the church for over 70 years.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
Keywords: Land Disputes, Indonesia, Catholic Church, Positive Law, Indigenous Law
Fields of Research: 16 Studies in Human Society > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970118 Expanding Knowledge in Law and Legal Studies
Subjects: A - Humanities, general
College/Association with University of Divinity: YTU: Yarra Theological Union
Depositing User: Dr John Prior
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2014 02:50
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2016 07:10
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1548

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