The Revival of Tradition in Indonesian Politics: The Deployment of Adat from Colonialism to Indigenism

1st Edition

Jamie Davidson, David Henley

Published April 16, 2012
Reference - 380 Pages - 15 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780415542081 - CAT# Y137994
Series: Routledge Contemporary Southeast Asia Series

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The Indonesian term adat means ‘custom’ or ‘tradition’, and carries connotations of sedate order and harmony. Yet in recent years it has suddenly become associated with activism, protest and violence. This book investigates the revival of adat in Indonesian politics, identifying its origins, the historical factors that have conditioned it and the reasons behind its recent blossoming.

It considers whether the adat revival is a constructive contribution to Indonesia’s new political pluralism or a divisive, dangerous and reactionary force, and examines the implications for the development of democracy, human rights, civility and political stability.

The Revival of Tradition in Indonesian Politics provides detailed coverage of the growing significance of adat in Indonesian politics. It is an important resource for anyone seeking to understand the contemporary Indonesian political landscape.

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