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The Political Economy of Tobacco in Indonesia: How “Two Fires Fell Upon the Earth”

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dc.contributor.advisor Seligmann, Linda J. Mitchell, Melissa C.
dc.creator Mitchell, Melissa C. 2013-04-03 2013-09-13T15:07:19Z 2013-09-13T15:07:19Z 2013-09-13
dc.description.abstract By tracing the history of tobacco in Indonesia, while focusing on production and consumption, tobacco provides an avenue of exploration into processes of Dutch colonialism and the trajectories that have been set forth, creating the present-day health crisis. This multifaceted history has shaped contemporary processes, revealing Indonesia as a country with one of the largest populations of tobacco consumers. Taking into consideration history, political economy, symbolic and gender frameworks, the impacts of intensive tobacco production under the Dutch regime are explored by outlining the shift from local consumption of the betel quid to a preference for tobacco among males, leading to the emergence of kretek cigarettes. Alternative modes of discourse, modernity, nationalism, independece and gender ideologies have thus been produced in Indonesia. To adequately address these dynamic tobacco-related processes, issues of health must be intertwined with that of symbolic, social, cultural, economic, and political significations.
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Indonesia en_US
dc.subject tobacco en_US
dc.subject political economy en_US
dc.subject anthropology en_US
dc.subject betel en_US
dc.subject colonialism en_US
dc.title The Political Economy of Tobacco in Indonesia: How “Two Fires Fell Upon the Earth” en_US
dc.type Technical Report en
dc.type Thesis en Master of Arts in Anthropology en_US Master's en Anthropology en George Mason University en

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