Performing the Nation: Cultural Politics in New Order Indonesia

Hardback: $67.00
ISBN-13: 9788791114090
Published: November 2003

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272 pages
  • About the Book
  • In sharp contrast to today's disorder was the apparent cohesion and stability of Indonesia during much of the New Order period (1965-1998). While Suharto's authoritarian rule was significant, the regime's cultural policies also played their part in demonstrating that his regime created order throughout Indonesia not just through coercive means. Ethnic, religious, and regional sentiments were to be channeled into art, which was used to help develop a national Indonesian identity. This theme is explored by this study, which focuses on the efforts of a group of young art students based at the Bandung Academy of Performing Arts to revitalize traditional Longser theater.

  • About the Author(s)
    • Jorgen Hellman, Author

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