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The Politics of the Periphery in Indonesia

Social and Geographical Perspectives

The Politics of the Periphery in Indonesia is a thought-provoking examination of local politics and the dynamics of power at Indonesia's geographic and social margins. After the fall of Suharto in 1998 and the introduction of a policy of decentralization in 2001, local stakeholders secured and consolidated decision-making power, and set about negotiating new relations with Jakarta. The volume deals with power struggles and local-national tensions, looking among other things at resource control, the historical roots of regional identity politics, and issues relating to Chinese-Indonesians.

The authors develop information in ways that transcend the post-colonial territorial boundaries of Indonesia in the Malay-Indonesian archipelago, and use case studies to show how the changes described have galvanized Indonesian politics at the cultural and geographical peripheries.

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Table of Contents

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Introduction: The Place of the Periphery
Minako Sakai, Glenn Banks and J.H. Walker
1. State, Region and the Politics of Recognition: Towards Cosmopolitan Models of Political Integration
Joel S. Kahn
2. Patrimonialism and Feudalism in the Sejarah Melayu (Raffles MS 18)
J.H. Walker
3. Creating a New Centre in the Periphery of Indonesia: Sumatran Malay Identity Politics
Minako Sakai
4. Indonesia, Aceh and the Modern Nation-State
Anthony Reid
5. Problems of Integration: West Sumatra’s Place in Indonesia
Audrey R. Kahin
6. Beyond Economic Imperatives: Resources, Identity and Conflict in the Asia-Pacific
Glenn Banks
7. Social Identity and Access to Natural Resources: Ethnicity and Regionalism from a Maritime Perspective
Dedi S. Adhuri
8. Violence and the Construction of Identity: Conflict between the Dayak and Madurese in Kalimantan, Indonesia
Mary Hawkins
9. National Legitimacy through a Regional Prism: Local Pilgrimage and Indonesia’s Javanese Presidents
George Quinn
10. Papuan Nationalism: Christianity and Ethnicity
Richard Chauvel
11. Indonesian Adat Communities: Promises and Challenges of Democracy and Globalisation
Leena Avonius
12. Chinese Indonesian Identities: Challenging Homogenising Discourses
Charles A. Coppel
13. “More Indonesian than the Indonesians”: A Chinese-Indonesian Identity
David Reeve
14. Indonesian Identity after the Dictatorship: Imagining Chineseness in Recent Literature and Film
Paul Tickell

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