Feb 27, 2024 Last Updated 12:52 AM, Feb 22, 2024

Society

What gives rise to moral outrage?

Rather than being merely the result of religious extremism, recent cases of moral outrage point to a wide range of current political and social problems

Teaching remote Indonesia

A new program sends Indonesia’s best and brightest graduates to teach children in its poorest villages

Indonesia’s secret police weapon

Perfectly coiffed hair and rose-pink cheeks underpin Polri’s latest policing tactic

The middle of nowhere

Highland communities in Papua are demanding access to services, but there is a limit to what can be offered in the most remote settlements

Disease control in democratic Indonesia

As infectious diseases spread, strategic governance becomes ever more important

Traveling for a cure

Rebuilding trust in doctors will be an important part of Aceh’s post-conflict recovery

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

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