Postcolonial Citizens

  • Gerry van KlinkenEmail author


Jan Djong emerged from the conservative small-town milieu of church and rajaship to become the district’s republican rebel shortly after World War II. His repertoire was hybrid. It lacked most connection with the institutions of civic deliberation. Instead, he combined modern republican tropes of protest (the “demonstration”) with indigenous ones (tribal warfare). His campaign against the local raja’s dynasty brought together white collar urban republicanism with rural peasant demands for recognition. Although often infused by rough-and-tumble violence, the campaign acted inclusively. It was rewarded with success. At least temporarily.


Republicanism Revolution Central state Democracy Citizenship Peasant movements Provincial towns Informality Global south 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.University of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia

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