Nov 28, 2021 Last Updated 2:48 AM, Nov 25, 2021

Democracy

Normalising the New Normal

The government’s New Normal campaign has been lucrative business for buzzers

Stories from Sulawesi

The 2009 mining law and the community benefit in Sulawesi

From mother to citizen

The New Order actively promoted citizenship of a particular kind for women

Indonesia’s diaspora citizens

After decades of neglect, Indonesia’s diaspora demands more rights

Islam and citizenship

Organisations like Wahdah Islamiyah envision an ‘Islamic’ citizenship for Indonesia

Digital citizenship

Online corruption talk in Banten can be vitriolic

‘I am an Indonesian citizen!’

What does exercising citizenship in Indonesia's democracy look like?

Labour takes a citizenship approach

Despite the impressive activism of Pekalongan’s labour union, its political clout remains limited

Staging local identity in West Java

Performance groups negotiate between Islam and Sundanese tradition

Review: Democracy, corruption and the politics of spirits in contemporary Indonesia

Nils Bubandt brings an exciting new approach to the study of Indonesia's politics

Cash for the cashless

The new Village Law pumps money directly into subsistence villages: a crazy idea, or new development paradigm?

Creative campaigners

While material inducements to voters have been prevalent in 2014, candidates also employ innovative campaign strategies to attract support

Money politics

The distribution of money, goods and other benefits is an integral part of electioneering in Indonesia

Election year

Edward Aspinall Indonesia’s legislative elections offer a window into the deep forces shaping the country, and a glimpse of its political future Indonesia is part way through its election year, having held its legislative elections on 9 April, and with the country now gearing up for the first round of the presidential polls in July. With more than 235,000 candidates running for seats in national, provincial and district legislatures around the country, the April poll was a massive logistical affair. It was also the culmination of years of effort, expense and stress for a huge number of people. Yet in some ways, the actual results of the election were an anti-climax.

Joke of the month?

What do you get when you cross Sarah Palin and an Islamic polygamist? Meet Rhoma Irama – Indonesia’s king of dangdut

Front stage with the PKS

At its upmarket congress, Indonesia’s biggest Islamic party tried but failed to convince it has become an open and inclusive party

Transcending personality politics

The election of Anas Urbaningrum suggests Partai Demokrat can survive without its founder, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono

Stopping the flow

Lapindo Brantas’ involvement in the Surabaya Post has restricted the way journalists report on the mudflow

God and democracy

A Christian church is asserting its democratic rights by suing the mayor of Depok

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'Spilling the tea' on sexual violence

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Education Minister Nadiem Makarim’s recent acknowledgement of a ‘sexual violence pandemic’ on the nation’s campuses follows a growing wave of victims speaking out and not without risk

Reinforcing gendered roles in lockdown abroad

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The experiences of Indonesian migrant mothers in NZ’s pandemic reveal that the ideals of Ibuism endure

The isolation poems by Putu Oka Sukanta

Oct 09, 2021 - PUTU OKA SUKANTA, VANNESSA HEARMAN & KIERNAN BOX

Poems by Putu Oka Sukanta were translated by Vannessa Hearman and Kiernan Box with commentary written by Vannessa Hearman based on her interview with the poet.

Reshaping masculine cultures of terrorism

Sep 20, 2021 - NOOR HUDA ISMAIL

Former members of terror networks are focussing on masculinity’s role in encouraging violent extremism in Indonesia

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