The Revival of Tradition in Indonesian Politics: The by Jamie S. Davidson, David Henley

By Jamie S. Davidson, David Henley

The Indonesian time period adat skill ‘custom’ or ‘tradition’, and consists of connotations of sedate order and concord. but lately it has without warning turn into linked to activism, protest and violence. This ebook investigates the revival of adat in Indonesian politics, picking out its origins, the ancient elements that experience conditioned it and the explanations in the back of its contemporary blossoming. It considers no matter if the adat revival is a confident contribution to Indonesia’s new political pluralism or a divisive, risky and reactionary strength, and examines the consequences for the advance of democracy, human rights, civility and political balance. The Revival of culture in Indonesian Politics presents special insurance of the transforming into value of adat in Indonesian politics. it's a major source for a person trying to comprehend the modern Indonesian political panorama.

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The years 1999 and 2000 were extremely violent for Lombok: criminals were harassing people, pamswakarsas [civil security groups] were hunting and lynching criminals, and the police were trying to control the civil security groups. The anti-Christian riots in January 2000 were the biggest individual incident, but smaller-scale acts of violence Introduction 17 occurred frequently. In 2000, robberies, actions of mob justice against captured criminals, fights between villages (bentrok antardesa) and between various organisations caused deaths on a weekly basis on Lombok.

Just as the New Order had justified private timber concessions on state land in terms of their efficient contribution to national income and development, so Minangkabau village elites now justified their preferential use of nagari land partly by arguing that their access to capital and labour 28 David Henley and Jamie S. Davidson put them in the best position to use that land productively. In effect, then, the same injustice which the Basic Agrarian Law had made possible at national level in the name of a generic national adat was now made possible at local level by the revival of a specific communal hak ulayat.

At its worst the movement has been about boundaries, chauvinism, and xenophobia, and it has ignored the rights, destroyed the livelihoods, and indeed taken the lives of innocent people unlucky enough to be perceived as outsiders in the wrong place at the wrong time. In Kalimantan, where indigenous Dayaks have participated in a series of pogroms against migrant Madurese communities, acts of horrific violence have been carried out – or at least justified – in the name of adat. Bloodletting rocked West Kalimantan in early 1997 and again in early 1999, when tens of thousands of Madurese settlers were expelled from the Sambas district in the province’s northwestern corner.

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