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  • 1.
    Barker, Joshua
    et al.
    University of Toronto.
    Harms, EricYale University.Lindquist, JohanStockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Figures of Southeast Asian Modernity2013Collection (editor) (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The idea of capturing recent transformations of Southeast Asia through vignettes about familiar yet idiosyncratic individuals is brilliant. The everyday experiences and aspirations of people trying to make sense of their lives and dreams convey a complex and often surprising view of contemporary cross-currents, upheavals, anxieties, and struggles in a volatile region. This volume offers a great way for students to understand and empathize with ordinary people and nations in rapid motion.

  • 2. Barker, Joshua
    et al.
    Harms, Erik
    Lindquist, Johan
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Introduction to Special Issue: Figures of Urban Transformation2013In: City & Society, ISSN 0893-0465, E-ISSN 1548-744X, Vol. 25, no 2, p. 159-172Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 3. Freyer, John
    et al.
    Lindquist, Johan
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Lillbilly:  2012In: Hjärnstorm, ISSN 0348-6958, no 110Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 4. Lin, Weiqiang
    et al.
    Lindquist, Johan
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Xiang, Biao
    Yeoh, Brenda S. A.
    Migration infrastructures and the production of migrant mobilities2017In: Mobilities, ISSN 1745-0101, E-ISSN 1745-011X, Vol. 12, no 2, p. 167-174Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Since the proclamation of a mobility turn in the 2000s, scholars have populated the field with invaluable insights on what it means to move, and what the politics of movement are. One particularly useful thread revolves around the issue of infrastructures, which have generally been taken to mean the manifest forms of moorings and fixities that help order and give shape to mobilities. Yet, while significant inroads have been made in delineating the morphologies of transport infrastructures, mobilities research has been relatively reticent about the organisational structures, orders and arrangements that give rise to another key mobile phenomenon of our time international migration. In this editorial introduction, we lay down some groundwork on the productive and political nature of infrastructures that likewise affect and inform the way (im)mobilities are contingently created and parsed in migration. Looking through the prism of East and Southeast Asia and its migration infrastructures, we take advantage of the new' infrastructural configurations in an emerging empirical context to point to some directions by which mobilities researchers can more rigorously interrogate migration' as another socially meaningful and specific form of mobility that exceeds a mere displacement of people or change in national domicile.

  • 5.
    Lindquist, Johan
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    An Interview with James Siegel2013In: Public culture, ISSN 0899-2363, E-ISSN 1527-8018, Vol. 25, no 3, p. 559-573Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 6.
    Lindquist, Johan
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Beyond Anti-Anti Trafficking2013In: Dialectical Anthropology, ISSN 0304-4092, E-ISSN 1573-0786, Vol. 37, no 2, p. 319-323Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 7.
    Lindquist, Johan
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Brokers and Brokerage, Anthropology of2015In: International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Science / [ed] James D. Wright, Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2015, 2, p. 870-874Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 8.
    Lindquist, Johan
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Brokers, channels, infrastructure: moving migrant labor in the Indonesian-Malaysian oil palm complex2017In: Mobilities, ISSN 1745-0101, E-ISSN 1745-011X, Vol. 12, no 2, p. 213-226Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article problematizes the dichotomy between fluid mobility and fixed infrastructure through a case study of migrant labor recruitment from Indonesia to the Malaysian oil palm industry. Channels of low-skilled transnational migration must be understood in relation to other forms of mobility, most notably that of brokers, who move along adjacent and overlapping routes. Broker mobility is not only shaped by relatively immobile moorings, but also by more fluid moorings', notably mobile communication, low-cost airlines, and emergent social relationships. In order to understand how the migration process is arranged it is critical to pay attention to the logistical practices that make mobility possible. The article argues that broker mobility, diverse forms of moorings, and logistics come to shape a socio-technical system that can be understood in terms migration infrastructure.

  • 9.
    Lindquist, Johan
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Field Agent (Petugas Lapangan)2014In: Figures of Southeast Asian Modernity / [ed] Joshua Barker, Erik Harms and Johan Lindquist, Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press , 2014, p. 154-156Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 10.
    Lindquist, Johan
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Images and Evidence: Human Trafficking, Auditing, and the Production of Illicit Markets in Southeast Asia and Beyond2010In: Public culture, ISSN 0899-2363, E-ISSN 1527-8018, Vol. 22, no 2, p. 223-236Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 11.
    Lindquist, Johan
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Infrastructures of Escort: Transnational Migration and Economies of Connection in Indonesia2018In: Indonesia (Ithaca, N.Y. Online), E-ISSN 2164-8654, Vol. 105, p. 77-95Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 12.
    Lindquist, Johan
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Labour Recruitment, Circuits of Capital and Gendered Mobility: Reconceptualizing the Indonesian Migration Industry2010In: Pacific Affairs, ISSN 0030-851X, Vol. 83, no 1, p. 115-+Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    During the last decade there has been a marked shift in the structure of migration from Indonesia with the deregulation of the transnational labour recruitment market after the fall of Suharto and a broader attempt across the region to regulate migrant flows to and from receiving countries in the wake of the Asian economic crisis. In this process, hundreds of Indonesian labour recruitment agencies have come to function as brokers in an increasingly government-regulated economy that sends documented migrants to countries such as Malaysia and Saudi Arabia. Based primarily on fieldwork on the island of Lombok, one of the major migrant-sending areas in Indonesia, the article considers the gendered aspects of this state market relationship by focusing ethnographic attention on the initial stages of recruitment, as informal labour brokers deliver migrants to formal agencies. Critically, the article describes how capital increasingly flows ""down"" towards female migrants and ""up"" from male migrants i.e., men must go into debt while women do not pay (or are even offered money) to travel abroad thus highlighting the gendered dimensions of the current economy of transnational migration. More generally, the article argues for a renewed focus on the migration industry as a way of reconceptualizing Indonesian transnational migration in the context of contemporary forms of globalization.

  • 13.
    Lindquist, Johan
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Navigating landscapes of exception in Southeast Asia: A commentary on Aihwa Ong's `Scales of exception: experiments with knowledge and sheer life in tropical Southeast Asia'2008In: Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, Vol. 29, no 2, p. 4-Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 14.
    Lindquist, Johan
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Of figures and types: brokering knowledge and migration in Indonesia and beyond2015In: Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, ISSN 1359-0987, E-ISSN 1467-9655, Vol. 21, no SI, p. 162-177Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper takes the broker as an entry-point for considering the problem of exemplification in anthropology. In particular, it approaches this problem by way of the relationship between figure and type, or between example and theoretical exemplar. While the figure is contingent on a specific socio-historical context, the type consciously accentuates particular characteristics in order to form the basis for comparison. More specifically, the paper approaches this relationship by considering the broker as type in relation to two specific figures in the current regime of transnational Indonesian migration, namely the NGO outreach worker and the informal labour recruiter, both identified as field agents', or petugas lapangan, in Indonesia. By way of juxtaposition the paper discusses the oscillation between figure and type in order to consider biases in the anthropological literature on brokers - most notably that the the broker is inherently amoral if not immoral - while suggesting that the broker is an exemplary methodological starting-point for contemporary anthropology.

  • 15.
    Lindquist, Johan
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Of Maids and Prositutes: Indonesian Female Migrants in the Asian Borderlands2008In: Postcolonial Disorders: Reflections on Subjectivity in the Contemporary World / [ed] Mary-Jo DelVecchio Good, Berkeley: University of California Press, 2008Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 16.
    Lindquist, Johan
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Putting Ecstasy to Work: Pleasure, Prostitution, and Inequality in the Indonesian Borderlands2010In: Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, ISSN 1070-289X, E-ISSN 1547-3384, Vol. 17, no 03-feb, p. 280-303Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article takes the drug Ecstasy as a commodity located at the center rather than at the margins of social processes, a technology that allows for the temporary engagement with pleasure and displacement of inequality in the context of nightlife and prostitution. It addresses these issues by focusing ethnographic attention on how Indonesian female prostitutes and their Singaporean male clients use Ecstasy in a disco on the Indonesian island of Batam, an export-processing zone located at the border to Singapore. By paying close attention to consumption practices, the article uses Ecstasy as a starting point for illuminating intersections of social mobility and inequality in the context of contemporary forms of transnational capitalism.

  • 17.
    Lindquist, Johan
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Reassembling Indonesian Migration: Biometric Technology and the Licensing of Informal Labour Brokers2018In: Ethnos, ISSN 0014-1844, E-ISSN 1469-588X, Vol. 83, no 5, p. 832-849Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article takes as its starting point the Indonesian government's attempt to license informal brokers - field agents, or petugas lapangan - who recruit migrant workers that are sent to destinations across Asia and the Middle East. The licensing programme utilises biometric fingerprint technology in order to reinforce the boundaries of the Indonesian migration assemblage through the rearticulation of the category of the broker. The article argues that this programme and the attempt to license informal brokers through technology should be conceptualised not strictly in relation to the securitisation of migration, nor as a response to fragmentation in the wake of neoliberalisation, but more broadly in relation to concerns with regulating brokers that lead back to the Dutch colonial era.

  • 18.
    Lindquist, Johan
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Rescue, return, in place: deportees, "victims", and the regulation of Indonesian migration2013In: Return: nationalizing transnational mobility in Asia / [ed] Biao Xiang, Brenda S. A. Yeoh, Mika Toyota, Durham: Duke University Press, 2013, p. 122-140Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 19.
    Lindquist, Johan
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Southeast Asia. Between frontiers: Nation and identity in a Southeast Asian borderland. By Ishikawa Noboru. Singapore: NUS Press and Copenhagen: NIAS Press, 2010. Pp. xvi, 268. Tables, Figures, Illustrations, Appendix, Bibliography, Index2012In: Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, ISSN 0022-4634, E-ISSN 1474-0680, Vol. 43, no 1, p. 187-189Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 20.
    Lindquist, Johan
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology. National University of Singapore, Singapore.
    Southeast Asia. The perfect business? Anti-trafficking and the sex trade along the Mekong. By Sverre Molland. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 20122013In: Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, ISSN 0022-4634, E-ISSN 1474-0680, Vol. 44, no 3, p. 524-526Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 21.
    Lindquist, Johan
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    The Anxieties of Mobility: Migration and Tourism in the Indonesian Borderlands2008Book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [en]

    Since the late 1960s the Indonesian island of Batam has been transformed from a sleepy fishing village to a booming frontier town, where foreign investment, mostly from neighboring Singapore, converges with inexpensive land and labor. Indonesian female migrants dominate the island’s economic landscape both as factory workers and as prostitutes servicing working class tourists from Singapore. Indonesians also move across the border in search of work in Malaysia and Singapore as plantation and construction workers or maids.

    Export processing zones such as Batam are both celebrated and vilified in contemporary debates on economic globalization. The Anxieties of Mobility moves beyond these dichotomies to explore the experiences of migrants and tourists who pass through Batam. Johan Lindquist’s extensive fieldwork allows him to portray globalization in terms of relationships that bind individuals together over long distances rather than as a series of impersonal economic transactions. He offers a unique ethnographic perspective, drawing together the worlds of factory workers and prostitutes, migrants and tourists, and creating a compelling account of everyday life in a borderland characterized by dramatic capitalist expansion.

    The book uses three Indonesian concepts (merantau, malu, liar) to shed light on the mobility of migrants and tourists on Batam. The first refers to a person’s relationship with home while in the process of migration. The second signifies the shame or embarrassment felt when one is between accepted roles and emotional states. The third, liar, literally means “wild” and is used to identify those who are out of place, notably squatters, couples in premarital cohabitation, and prostitutes without pimps. These sometimes overlapping concepts allow the book to move across geographical and metaphorical boundaries and between various economies.

  • 22.
    Lindquist, Johan
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    The Elementary School Teacher, the Thug and his Grandmother: Informal Brokers and Transnational Migration from Indonesia2012In: Pacific Affairs, ISSN 0030-851X, Vol. 85, no 1, p. 69-89Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article considers the emergence of informal brokers in the context of an increasingly formalized regime of transnational labour migration from Indonesia. Following the 1997 Asian economic crisis and the fall of the Suharto regime, there has been a dramatic increase in documented transnational migration to Malaysia at the expense of undocumented migration. In this process, a growing number of private agencies have come to control the increasingly deregulated market for migrant recruitment. These agencies, in turn, depend on informal brokers who recruit migrants in villages across Indonesia to work on palm oil plantations and as domestic servants in countries such as Malaysia and Saudi Arabia. This article takes these informal brokers as a starting point for considering the current Indonesian migration regime, using ethnographic data from the island of Lombok. Along with offering a description of brokering practices, the article argues that the dual process of centralization of migration control and fragmentation of labour recruitment has created a space of mediation for individuals who can navigate bureaucratic process while embodying the ethical qualities that convince Indonesian villagers to become migrants.

  • 23.
    Lindquist, Johan
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Barker, Joshua
    Indonesia2014In: Figures of Southeast Asian modernity / [ed] Joshua Barker, Erik Harms and Johan Lindquist, Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press , 2014, p. 130-133Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 24.
    Lindquist, Johan
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Xiang, Biao
    The Infrastructural Turn in Asian Migration2018In: Routledge Handbook of Asian Migrations / [ed] Gracia Liu-Farrer, Brenda S.A. Yeo, Routledge, 2018, p. 152-161Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 25.
    Lindquist, Johan
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Xiang, Biao
    Oxford University.
    Yeoh, Brenda S. A.
    National University of Singapore.
    Opening the Black Box of Migration: Brokers, the Organization of Transnational Mobility and the Changing Political Economy in Asia2012In: Pacific Affairs, ISSN 0030-851X, Vol. 85, no 1, p. 7-19Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This special issue takes the migrant broker as a starting point for investigating contemporary regimes of transnational migration across Asia. The articles, which span large parts of Asia—including China, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, as well as New Zealand—show that marriage migration, student migration, and various forms of unskilled labour migration, including predominantly male plantation and construction work and female domestic, entertainment, and sex work, are all mediated by brokers. Although much is known about why migrants leave home and what happens to them upon arrival, considerably less is known about the forms of infrastructure that condition their mobility. A focus on brokers is one productive way of opening this “black box” of migration research. The articles in this issue are thus not primarily concerned with the experiences of migrants or in mapping migrant networks per se, but rather in considering how mobility is made possible and organized by brokers, most notably in the process of recruitment and documentation. Drawing from this evidence, we argue that in contrast to the social network approach, a focus on the migrant broker offers a critical methodological vantage point from which to consider the shifting logic of contemporary migration across Asia. In particular, paying ethnographic attention to brokers illuminates the broader infrastructure that makes mobility possible while revealing that distinctions between state and market, between formal and informal, and between altruistic and profit-oriented networks are impossible to sustain in practice.

  • 26. Xiang, Biao
    et al.
    Lindquist, Johan
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Infrastructuralization: Evolving Sociopolitical Dynamics in Labor Migration from Asia2018In: Pacific Affairs, ISSN 0030-851X, Vol. 91, no 4, p. 759-773Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article explores the trend of “infrastructuralization” in state- sponsored programs of low- and semi-skilled labour migration from Asia. These programs increasingly focus on facilitating migration rather than generating actual opportunities for mobility and substantive development. While providing training to develop skills targeting speci c jobs in speci c countries, the programs generally leave complaints about actual working conditions and wages to be managed by the migrants themselves. In this process, labour migration programs are infrastructuralized, meaning that there is an ongoing expansion and intensi cation of the socio-technical platform that makes mobility possible, as facilitation becomes an end in itself. This trend is tied to changes in the general development paradigm, labour and state-citizen relations across Asia, as well as the increasing importance of brokers in facilitating connection. This article  rst probes a number of internal dynamics around which infrastructuralization unfolds in practice. We then highlight how commercial intermediaries and public institutions, the two key actors in infrastructuralization, shape migration by producing context-speci c migrant subjectivities, making aspirational work a central element of infrastructuralization. In the conclusion, we explore research agendas that can be developed further.

  • 27. Xiang, Biao
    et al.
    Lindquist, Johan
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Migration Infrastructure2014In: The international migration review, ISSN 0197-9183, E-ISSN 1747-7379, Vol. 48, p. s122-S148Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Based on the authors' long-term field research on low-skilled labor migration from China and Indonesia, this article establishes that more than ever labor migration is intensively mediated. Migration infrastructure - the systematically interlinked technologies, institutions, and actors that facilitate and condition mobility - serves as a concept to unpack the process of mediation. Migration can be more clearly conceptualized through a focus on infrastructure rather than on state policies, the labor market, or migrant social networks alone. The article also points to a trend of infrastructural involution, in which the interplay between different dimensions of migration infrastructure make it self-perpetuating and self-serving, and impedes rather than enhances people's migratory capability. This explains why labor migration has become both more accessible and more cumbersome in many parts of Asia since the late 1990s. The notion of migration infrastructure calls for research that is less fixated on migration as behavior or migrants as the primary subject, and more concerned with broader societal transformations.

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