Informal Communities, Social Capital and Resistance to Eviction
Examining why and how some informal settlements are able to resist eviction and remain in center-city locations
Two informal settlements in Malang, Indonesia, have recently become national tourist destinations. Even though the settlements are considered illegal, the municipality capitalizes on their popularity and promotes itself as the first city in Indonesia with colorful settlements tourism.
This project is examining how the vulnerable people in these settlements use social capital and gaps of information in the community and state bureaucracy to establish themselves as an important part of the city’s tourism, thus securing their land tenure. Collaborating with Malang’s Tourism and Cultural Office, Fauzul Rizal Sutikno’s aim is to identify significant factors affecting the power dynamics among informal communities, the municipality and other powerful urban actors to achieve more integration between informal community and the state.
Topics: Access, Equity and Justice; Economic Vitality and Entrepreneurship; Law, Government and Policy
- Graduate student: Fauzul Rizal Sutikno, city and regional planning
Special committee chair:
Victoria Beard, Department of City and Regional Planning
College of Architecture, Art and Planning
- Community partner: Tourism and Cultural Office of Malang City
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