State Terrorism and Political Identity in Indonesia
By (author) Ariel Heryanto
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State Terrorism and Political Identity in Indonesia by Ariel Heryanto
Book DescriptionApproximately one million innocent Indonesians were killed by their fellow nationals, neighbours and kin at the height of an anti-communist campaign in the mid-1960s. This book investigates the profound political consequences of these mass killings in Indonesia upon public life, highlighting the historical specificities of the violence and comparable incidents of identity politics in more recent times. Mixing theory with empirically based analysis, the book examines how the spectre of communism and the trauma experienced in the latter half of the 1960s remain critical in understanding the dynamics of terror, coercion and consent today. Heryanto challenges the general belief that the periodic anti-communist witch-hunts of recent Indonesian history are largely a political tool used by a powerful military elite and authoritarian government. Despite the profound importance of the 1965-6 events it remains one of most difficult and sensitive topics for public discussion in Indonesia today. State Terrorism and Political Identity in Indonesia is one of the first books to fully discuss the mass killings, shedding new light on a largely unspoken and unknown part of Indonesia's history.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415371520
(234mm x 156mm x 19mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 16-Dec-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Ariel Heryanto
Challenging Authoritarian Rule - Sea Nip, Paperback (November 2004)
Presents a substantial comparative studies of contemporary Indonesia and Malaysia, homes to the world's largest Muslim population. This book provides an examination of anti-authoritarian forces in contemporary Indonesia and Malaysia, assessing their problems and prospects. It also discusses the roles played by women and public intellectuals.
Challenging Authoritarianism in Southeast Asia, Hardback (May 2003)» View all books by Ariel Heryanto
Following the collapse of New Order rule in Indonesia in 1998, this book provides an in-depth examination of anti-authoritarian forces in contemporary Indonesia and Malaysia, assessing their problems and prospects.
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Author Biography - Ariel Heryanto
Ariel Heryanto is a Senior Lecturer at Melbourne Institute of Asian Languages and Societies, The University of Melbourne. His research interests include cultural studies, media and identity politics. He co-edited Challenging Authoritarianism in Southeast Asia: Comparing Indonesia and Malaysia (RoutledgeCurzon, 2003).
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