Aug 13, 2022 Last Updated 8:00 AM, Aug 9, 2022

Society

A new model for mental health care?

Mental health services have been seriously neglected in Indonesia, but emergency responses to the Aceh tsunami and conflict have led to new ways of thinking

Ignorance that kills

Many Indonesian women face great difficulties in accessing safe terminations of unwanted pregnancies

A healthcare revolution in the regions

Regional governments around Indonesia are devising new and ambitious free healthcare schemes for their electorates, but to what end?

Medicine for a sick system

Healthcare in Indonesia suffers from many chronic problems that only healthier politics can cure

Where there’s smoke, there’s politics

Campaigns against smoking are finally gaining ground, but the tobacco lobby is fighting back

Living without a state

People in rural Papua are more interested in basic services than grand political struggles

The biggest cock

In Jakarta’s crowded neighbourhoods, beliefs in supernatural power and invulnerability still surround the figure of the jago tough man

Selling nationalism

Indonesian television advertisements are constructing images of Indonesia by appropriating well-known nationalist themes

West Java’s mini-fictions

Technology is opening up new possibilities for Sundanese literature

New social media as a tool for activism

Indonesia is Facebooking, Twittering and blogging, but what effect is this having on campaigns for social justice? Indonesia is online. The number of Indonesians using the internet increased from two million in 2000 to over 55 million in 2012, the fourth largest number of internet users in Asia (after China, India and Japan).

The era of convergent media

The integration of mainstream and social media creates a more responsive news cycle

Rock music and social activism on the internet

Bali rockers Navicula find a platform for social change in online social media

Online networking and minority rights

LGBT communities use social media to organise despite threats of violence

Clicktivism and the real world

Social media tools are only effective if they can engage people off-line

Sinetron keeps links with Indonesia alive

Despite isolation and multiple migrations the Cocos Malays maintain a resilient culture

For the good of the people?

The challenges of governing ‘societal organisations’ pose difficult questions for Indonesian democracy

High stakes

ASRIANA KEBON speaks to Indonesian underage minors who were returned to Indonesia following age determination hearings in Darwin

‘You’re crazy. Don’t make up things!’

Celebrity gossip shows denigrate homosexuality, but at least they talk about it

I’m a terrific child!

A home schooling project in Kendari provides a new kind of early learning experience

Dealing with social exclusion

Illegal squatters in Jakarta struggle for recognition of their homes and livelihoods

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