Accept or against the change: The adaptation of the lor brantas society towards the development of Batu City

Rachmad Kristiono Dwi Susilo, Awan Setia Dharmawan, Faizal Kurniawan

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The Batu City is a dynamic region located in East Java Province, Indonesia. Since the Majapahit era, the city has given a significant contribution to the area development. The contribution has become more remarkable since the city's appointment is becoming an autonomous area in 2001, resulting in the city's significant regional income. The economic development of Batu City is above the average of national growth. One of the essential factors that support rapid development is the city's ability to explore local potentials that have been improved long before the city became an autonomous region. The exploration has become a significant improvement in Batu. The social changes in Batu city are also supported by the achievement of the people of the Lor Brantas area, such as cultivation and plantation activities that finally becomes the icon of the city, the city of apples. As the local product of Batu City, apple plants have taken the people to achieve prosperity as more farmers continue to grow the plants. The achievement has a significant effect on the pride of a particular community.The people's attachment to the villages and the potential within supports the area pride, especially regarding the natural resources represented by a motto called tirto (water), giri (mountain), and wono (forest). This research aims at describing the social changes that occur within the people of the Lor Brantas area in Batu City. The problems of the study consist of what are the changes that occur in Batu? How do the people of the Lor Brantas (North Brantas) area react towards the city changes? And at which adaptation context does the change of the Lor Brantas area occur? This research method is the qualitative model with an ethnography approach. The data collection was done by interview, participatory and non-participatory observation, and document study. Simultaneously, the data analysis is by the interactive model of analysis that consists of several stages: data collection, data reduction, data presentation, and conclusion drawing. The researcher will treat the stages as a cycle flow.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-165
Number of pages23
JournalFolia Geographica
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • City development
  • Community adaptation
  • Social change


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