Organized Panel Session
This panel draws on both long term and very recent joint ethnographic researches carried out by the authors across the Malacca strait. It addresses the vision of what the Indonesian call lapangan kerja, “the field of work”: a set of localized opportunities which allow a person to earn a living. The cases examined are twofold: how villagers relate to “new opportunities” in Lhokseumawe (Aceh), where a Special Economic Zone is under construction, and how Batam Malays relate to the pioneer industrial district and its satellite activities. It underlines an idea of welfare which is not based on a job security.