Jun 14, 2024 Last Updated 8:34 AM, May 27, 2024

Society

Writing for God

Piety and consumption in popular Islam

Blaming the messenger

Indonesia’s tangled public information laws are keeping the press in check

Grassroots rehabilitation

The people of Poso are rebuilding their lives.

Skin deep

Young Indonesians struggle to resist the power of the skin whitening industry

Back to the drawing board

NGOs are having to come to terms with the demands of the governance agenda

Where are you (not) from?

Sundanese have a habit of putting each other in their places

Crime and criminality

This edition of Inside Indonesia explores the complex politics of illegality

The rise and fall of a gangster

Ethics and politics don’t mix in the world of Jakarta’s preman

Inside Yudhoyono'€™s anti-corruption machine

Despite attempts to re-engineer Indonesia’s governance mechanisms, corruption remains a chronic problem

Prison cum hostel?

A political economy of drugs thrives inside one of Indonesia’s most notorious prisons

Marginal and tattooed

A group of Jakarta punks challenges the criminal stigma attached to tattoos

Brutal lessons

A culture of violence in schools makes life tough for kids

Personality cults

Foreign news coverage needs to focus on Indonesia’s people, not just its leaders

Ten years of hoping and waiting

A photo essay about families of the disappeared

Global fashion, remixed

Indie designers rework commercial iconography – and the business of clothing production

Music for the fight, movements for the soul

Fight-choreography in West Java is a source of cultural pride

Seeking Soeparno

A man who left his home to work in a plantation half-way around the world

When is a public holiday not a holiday?

The 100 year anniversary of Indonesia’s ‘National Awakening’ fails to inspire

Policy drift

Ten years after Suharto, the economy is not recovering fast enough

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