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Plural Society: Interaction Between the Local Community and Foreign Workers in Bayah, Lebak Regency, Indonesia

Fuad, Anis and Indriyany, Ika Arinia and Mahpudin, Mahpudin (2022) Plural Society: Interaction Between the Local Community and Foreign Workers in Bayah, Lebak Regency, Indonesia. International Conference on Humanities and Social Sciences. pp. 150-172. ISSN 2518-668X

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This article analyzes the interaction of local communities with foreign workers in the Lebak Regency, especially in the Bayah District. Bayah was chosen as the locus of the study because it is the location of several large companies that employ foreigners. The implication is that diverse identities in the socio-political institutions coexist, namely residents and foreign workers. This research considers whether the relationships built are conducive to forming social integration or can trigger friction between communities so that the relationships are conflictual. To answer this, the concepts of plural society and multiculturalism and several conflict theories were used as analytical tools. The results showed that the interaction patterns of local communities and foreign workers exist exclusively for each other. It is difficult to create spaces for interaction between communities with different identities, so this can trigger conflict and negative sentiments towards foreign workers, the majority of whom are from China. The consequence is that the interactions that are formed show ‘mixed but not combined’ – to borrow the phrasing of J.S Furnivall, which is a condition of people with diverse identities living side by side but not blending into one socio-political unit, leading to the potential for conflict.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: 06-Fakultas Ilmu Sosial dan Ilmu Politik > 65201-Program Studi Ilmu Pemerintahan
Depositing User: Anis Fuad
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2022 14:50
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2022 14:50

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