Uma Politics: An Ethnography of Democratization in West Sumba, Indonesia, 1986-2006. This detailed ethnography of political process 1986-2006 in Sumba, South-West Indonesia, is based on the author's substantial involvement in local development work 1984-1990 and afterwards. After highlighting some particular characteristics of the 75km-long island and its 640,000 people, there is detailed discussion of the ever-changing patterns, motivations and strategies of those involved in leadership and/or political and social change. Details are given of personalities and village-level politics during the New Order and after its 1998 crash and the associated violence. Ongoing trends to democratisation are discussed and assessed. With glossary, bibliography and index.
AuthorsVel, Jacqueline A. C.