May 29, 2022 Last Updated 7:57 AM, May 27, 2022

Society

‘We are natural-born children, you are adopted’

Locals contest national citizenship rights in North Maluku

When ‘home’ is not home

Locals react coolly to ex-transmigrants who return to Java after fleeing violence elsewhere

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

Fighting apathy, seeking engagement

Students have mixed feelings about a mandatory community service program at Indonesian universities

Review: Four perspectives on Hanung Bramantyo’s Kartini

Reviewing the history behind and themes in Hanung Bramantyo's Kartini

HIV-positive mothers left behind

Married women endure the highest rate of new HIV infection in Indonesia

Reviews: Writing Australia and Indonesia

Reviews: ‘Linking People’ and ‘Troppo’

Indonesia’s woman to watch

Yenny Wahid is the new face of moderate Islam

Old and poor

Indonesia’s welfare schemes are failing to support older citizens

Review: Hope and despair in Aceh

Contemporary Indonesian painter Mahdi Abdullah exhibits Acehnese culture in Melbourne 

New law, new villages?

The new Village Law could substantially change Indonesia’s villages. Not necessarily for the better.

Creating Indonesia’s Village Law

How a law that goes against many vested interests was enacted

The myth of the harmonious village

Indonesia’s Village Law fails to provide village communities with control over their elites

New law, old bureaucracy

Taking stock after two years of village law implementation

The village head as patron

The Village Law might restore the dominance that village heads enjoyed under Suharto

Participation in Ngada

Why residents in Ngada district are exceptionally eager to take part in village meetings 

When village development fails

Faulty administrative procedures led to the misuse of village development funds in Papua

Traditional village institutions and the Village Law

The Village Law provides recognition for traditional village institutions, but villagers in Bali and Mentawai are not interested

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