Politics and Social Identity

Robert W. Hefner

in The Political Economy of Mountain Java

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 1990 | ISBN: 9780520069336
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520913769 | DOI:
Politics and Social Identity

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Social forces are realigning politics and identity in Java today. Driven by broad changes in the Indonesian state, recent developments have linked village to nation in a way unanticipated by observers of the old regime. As in much of the developing world, regional traditions are giving way to national culture. In so doing, they are creating the symbols and instruments for a standardized social hierarchy and the conditions for a broader struggle over the form and meaning of modern community. This chapter discusses political community in the pre-1965 period; political conflict in Pasuruan's lowlands; the violence that swept across Java following the abortive left-wing officers' coup in Jakarta the night of September 30, 1965; and the changing bases of rural polity.

Keywords: Java; social forces; politics; social identity; rural policy

Chapter.  15754 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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