Attracting Tourists to the Alley: Subaltern Urbanism in the Maspati Kampung, Surabaya

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    The objective of this study is to disclose the agency of kampung residents and their role in the urban process. Based on a case study in Maspati, a kampung, in Surabaya Indonesia, this study demonstrates how the kampung residents transformed their community from a stigmatised neighbourhood to become an attractive tourism destination.
    This study applies the subaltern urbanism framework to examine what kind of urban process is produced by kampong residents who were socially excluded and without political power. Data for this qualitative research were collected through observation, interviews, and participating in kampung activities. The interviewees included kampung leaders, kampung dwellers, and officials in district government.
    The results show that Maspati Kampung residents are goal-oriented and creative and they manage their community in flexible and innovative ways. In order to improve their livelihood and social status, they decided to attract tourists to Maspati. Maspati, largely a narrow alley and with a limited amount of historical attractions, did not look interesting enough to attract visitors. The residents, however, came up with a plan that turned out to be a success. This was a kampung tour project, cultural tourism, not a slums tourism. They are offering visitors cultural performances, traditional food, handicrafts, traditional games, and above all hospitality. The program was carried out by the community leader and women who have no job. This program has generated income for the residents; strengthened cohesiveness among the kampung residents; and gives the residents a sense of pride in their kampung.
    This research provides empirical evidence of the ways subaltern urbanism works and contributes to the urban processes in Indonesian cities.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationConference Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Sustainability, Human Geography and Environment 2018
    EditorsGiuseppe T. Cirella
    Number of pages7
    Place of PublicationSopot
    PublisherPolo Publishing, Co., Gdansk University Press
    Publication date2 Dec 2018
    Article number8
    ISBN (Electronic)978-83-952699-1-2
    Publication statusPublished - 2 Dec 2018
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
    Eventthe 2nd International Conference on Sustainability, Human Geography and Environment 2018 - Krakow, Krakow, Poland
    Duration: 28 Nov 20182 Dec 2018
    Conference number: 2

    Fields of Science

    • 519 Social and economic geography
    • 5141 Sociology

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