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Plantation Life: Corporate Occupation in Indonesia's Oil Palm Zone

When: Tuesday, April 12, 2022
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Central

Where: Online

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Elizabeth Morrissey  

Group: Equality Development and Globalization Studies (EDGS)

Category: Lectures & Meetings


EDGS Speaker Series

Dr. Tania Li, Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto, and Dr. Pujo Semedi, Professor, Department of Anthropology, Universitas Gajah Mada, present their book Plantation Life: Corporate Occupation in Indonesia's Oil Palm Zone.

In Plantation Life Tania Murray Li and Pujo Semedi examine the structure and governance of Indonesia'scontemporary oil palm plantations in Indonesia, which supply 50 percent of the world's palm oil. They attend to the exploitative nature of plantation life, wherein villagers' well-being is sacrificed in the name of economic development. While plantations are often plagued by ruined ecologies, injury among workers, and a devastating loss of livelihoods for former landholders, small-scale independent farmers produce palm oil more efficiently and with far less damage to life and land. Li and Semedi theorize “corporate occupation” to underscore how massive forms of capitalist production and control over the palm oil industry replicate colonial-style relations that undermine citizenship. In so doing, they question the assumption that corporations are necessary for rural development, contending that the dominance of plantations stems from a political system that privileges corporations.


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