Ethnic Emancipation Of Paser Based On Local Resources Use In The Moving Of The Capital City In East Kalimantan, Indonesia

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Nurul Kamaliah Umasangaji , Syamsu Andi Kamaruddin , Andi Ikhsan , Najamuddin , Arlin Adam , Andi Alim , Irwan


In 2022, the Indonesian government will designate the East Kalimantan Sepaku region as the transfer area for the National Capital based on geographical, demographic and sociocultural considerations. In this area lives the Paser community as an original community that has inhabited the location for hundreds of years. The process of relocating the National Capital made the 1,500 inhabitants of the Paser population experience patterns of subalternity relations originating from the state, companies, transmigrants, and the dominant culture which has implications for violations of basic rights. Because of this, the Paser ethnic group tries to carry out emancipation actions within the framework of a pattern of socially just relations. This study aims to gather information about the local resources used by the Paser community in promoting emancipation. The research method uses a qualitative approach with participatory techniques that are practised through social dialogue and community assistance. The results of the study found that local resources that could be extracted as tools for the struggle for emancipation were history, local economic power, local knowledge, and the arts local potential that needed to be developed was political potential and social networks. It is suggested that the Paser community can package these local resources as a key advocacy strategy for empowerment.

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