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Les caïds et la ville à Jakarta


  • Jérôme Tadié


Small-time criminal or godfather, the boss man – preman in Indonesia – is a figure on the fringes of society and the city. As a presence in the urban hierarchy and public spaces, he occupies an interstitial place in the power games between formal actors and the population. He thus contributes to the informal regulation of petty crime and even high crime areas. We analyze the importance of this character in Jakarta, and, through him, how life on the edge allows people to integrate civic life and leads to the formation and appropriation of key areas in the city − its public spaces.

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  • Jérôme Tadié, 2006. "Les caïds et la ville à Jakarta," Revue Tiers-Monde, Armand Colin, vol. 0(1), pages 79-94.
  • Handle: RePEc:cai:rtmarc:rtm_185_0079

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