Differentiation among petty commodity producers: the effects of a development project on handicrafts production in a Sundanese village (West Java - Indonesia)

Ines Smyth

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Abstract

The region around Tasikmalaya, West Java (Indonesia), is noted for its handicrafts, usually produced in the rural areas and marketed through net works centered in the urban centres. Previous research in the area (Smyth 1986) had shown that local handicrafts producers have little autonomy in matters of production and trading, because these activities are under the control of intermediaries. The same research also concluded that anyaman producing units were not homogeneous but could be ranked according to their degree of access to capital (from different sources, such as land or salaried ocupations), markets and skills. Another form of differentiation, in levels of earnings and control over production, was found to exist be tween male and female producers.
This report summarises the results of a recent re-study in the area, devoted primarily to the impact on anyaman producers, of a development project of the Indonesian Department of Industry. After analysing the general changes which have taken place in the kampung in the last five years, the paper presents findings on differentiation among the producers, and the way in which this was, indirectly, reinforced by the practical strategies adopted in the course of the project implementation. The paper contains some remarks on the operations of the project, and concludes with stressing the importance of understanding differentiation processes in the study of rural development.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationDen Haag
PublisherInternational Institute of Social Studies (ISS)
Number of pages40
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1988
Externally publishedYes

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SeriesISS working papers. General series
Number40
ISSN0921-0210

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  • ISS Working Paper-General Series

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