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Lisa Tilley's chapter Immanent Politics in the Kampungs: Gendering, Performing, and Mapping the Jakarta Economic Subject has now been published in the volume Women, Urbanization and Sustainability, edited by Anita Lacey (Aukland). Lacey's volume draws together path-breaking research on the gendered urban experience from across the globe and includes chapters on Dar es Salaam, Istanbul, Lima, Cairo, Caracas, Honiara and Port Moresby. Tilley's chapter on Jakarta turns a feminist political ecology lens on urban dispossession in order to demonstrate the gendered nature of evictions and resistance:

In a scenario resembling that within many urban settings across the globe, intensive commercial investment supported by a state evictions regime is rapidly displacing the urban poor from their ‘kampung’ neighbourhoods in Jakarta. This chapter turns a ‘messy’ feminist political ecology lens on the gendered nature of dispossession and resistance in the city in order to draw attention to the ways in which gendered subjectivities and urban space are co-produced in this context. The opening claim here is that evictions are enabled by middle class and elite discourses of exclusion which situate kampung residents outside of the proper figure of the Jakarta economic subject. In light of this observation, the chapter considers some of the ways in which women actively contest these subject prohibitions – from performances which use the kampung ecology itself as stage and backdrop, to the production of maps which situate women’s productive activities within the wider market life of Jakarta. Further analysis centres on how kampung spatiality is related to women’s immanent organisation, mutual aid, and economic activities, such that upon translation to a different spatial setting, such as social housing, these forms of organisation and production are broken down. Mindful of this, kampung women are actively involved in efforts to influence the design of social housing. Through these efforts they hope to shape the productive material context of their existence, to maintain the spatial logics of their support networks, and to claim their position as economic actors and full subjects of Jakarta (Tilley 2017).

Report from LBH Lembaga Bantuan Hukum Jakarta (Jakarta Legal Aid Institute) '60% Jakarta evictees not getting health, education aid as promised: Study' December 22, 2016:

The majority of low-cost apartment (rusunawa) residents, who were evicted from their former homes to make way for city development projects, have yet to receive easy access to education and health as promised by the Jakarta administration, the Jakarta Legal Aid Institute (LBH) found in a recent study.

Report in the Sydney Morning Herald 'The real reason many poor Jakartans are opposing Ahok in the gubernatorial election' February 4, 2017:

"We were never told why but Ahok was quoted in the media saying he wanted to turn the area into a religious tourism destination because an old mosque is nearby. He wanted a big square where people can meet in restaurants. Ahok keeps saying he wants to revitalise the old city but nothing has happened since the eviction."