Li and Semedi theorize “corporate occupation” to underscore how massive forms of capitalist production and control over the palm oil industry replicate colonial-style relations that undermine citizenship. In so doing, they question the assumption that corporations are necessary for rural development, contending that the dominance of plantations stems from a political system that privileges corporations.
Authors: Tania Murray Li (University of Toronto) and Pujo Semedi (Universitas Gadjah Mada)
Chair: Tina Harris (University of Amsterdam)
Discussant: Ward Berenschot (KITLV/University of Amsterdam)
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