Universitas Indonesia Conferences, 7th International Symposium of Journal Antropologi Indonesia

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The Cultural Landscape of Copra Commodity
Ode Zulkarnain Sahji Tihurua

Building: Soegondo Building
Room: 523
Date: 2019-07-23 03:30 PM – 05:00 PM
Last modified: 2019-06-18


Being a natural commodity, copra is influenced by and influencing its social-ecological condition. Copra is intertwined with the space-time under which it is produced. It is useful to understood copra as a power as laid out by Rudyansjah (2009): never performed in its finality but always processed in a historical space-time. Copra, as a natural commodity, blends and intertwines within the realm of traditional and capitalist economy. To understand copra, we can’t read it through the lens of economic dualism as theorized by Boeke (1982, Moeljanto: 2009), nor through Geertz’s (1983, Moeljanto: 2009).

Keywords: copra commodity, natural commodity, cultural landscape