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About Benjamin White

Ben White is Emeritus Professor of Rural Sociology at the International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague.
He has been involved in research on agrarian change and the anthropology and history of childhood and youth since the early 1970s, mainly in Indonesia. He is affiliated with the Samadhya Institute, Yogyakarta. E-mail:

Articles by Benjamin White

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Enfrentarse al populismo autoritario: la dimensión rural

Junto a los intereses de clase y las desigualdades, la religión, las dinámicas de género, el lugar y la identidad cultural son los factores que conforman el auge del populismo autoritario en las zonas rurales. English

The demise of emancipatory peasant politics? Indonesian fascism and the rise of Islamic populism

The death of class-based rural movements in Indonesia has entrapped rural resistance in the clutches of market power. 

Confronting authoritarian populism: the rural dimension

Religion, gender dynamics, place and cultural identity – all inform rising authoritarian populism in rural areas, alongside class interests and inequalities. Mobilising alternatives to capture by regressive political forces is not straightforward.

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