Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.3828/idpr.2014.3
Title: Reform, resistance and empowerment: Constructing the public city from the grassroots in Jakarta, Indonesia
Authors: Padawangi, R. 
Keywords: grassroots
Indonesia
Jakarta
protests
public space
social movements
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2014
Citation: Padawangi, R. (2014-01-01). Reform, resistance and empowerment: Constructing the public city from the grassroots in Jakarta, Indonesia. International Development Planning Review 36 (1) : 33-50. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.3828/idpr.2014.3
Abstract: The spectacle of demonstrations in urban streets and squares often captures more attention than the actual changes that follow. How do social movements construct public spaces that are coherent with the public sphere? What kind of physical spaces are needed to sustain spaces of resistance? This paper revisits Castells' city and the grassroots, along with the notions of the right to the city and alternative development. Three cases in Jakarta will be featured to demonstrate how grassroots activism in the city transforms along with urban spaces. The activists' retreat from protests to micro-activities within communities such as neighbourhood improvements and socio-economic training reflects the consciousness to improve material conditions, without which the reform would be incomplete. Spaces of resistance require continuous grassroots activism that directly impacts the human condition, beyond post-revolution abstract notions of social and political reform.
Source Title: International Development Planning Review
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/128446
ISSN: 14746743
DOI: 10.3828/idpr.2014.3
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