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From Subjects to Citizens
Balinese Villagers in the Indonesian Nation-State
by Lyn Parker
319 pp., illustrated
Democracy in Asia # 9
Available from NIAS Press worldwide
This book analyses the processes by which conservative and introverted Balinese villagers have been incorporated into the Indonesian nation-state. It explores the changing social relations of villagers in their transformation from being subjects of their local "king" to anonymous citizens of the Republic of Indonesia.
Although the national unity of Indonesia is now hotly contested, the Suharto regime was long-lived and a development success-story. This book is significant because it shows how we can understand Indonesia in its efforts to become a nation-state. While not in any way attempting to apologize for or glorify the Suharto regime, this study is unusual in showing that the experience of many Indonesian citizens was not of a menacing and coercive state but of a modernizing and developmentalist nation-state.
Maps, Tables and Figures
A Note on Names, Pseudonyms and Spelling
Section I: Introduction
Chapter 1: Reflections on the Study of Bali and the Nation-State
Chapter 2: Introducing Brassika
Section II: Land, Caste and Massacre
Chapter 3: Land: Its Significance and Distribution
Chapter 4: Memories of Massacre
Section III: Creating Order
Chapter 5: From Subjects to Citizens
Chapter 6: Pembangunan and Patronage
Section IV: Women as Subject Citizens
Chapter 7: Sexuality, Fertility and Family Planning
Chapter 8: “Rational and Dynamic” Birthing Practices
Section V: Shooling the Child Citizen
Chapter 9: The Introduction of Schooling
Chapter 10: Making Citizens in School
Section VI: Conclusion
Lyn Parker is an anthropologist whose primary research interests include the anthropology of Indonesia, women and gender relations, adolescence, education, citizenship and Islam. In particular, her key research covers social and cultural anthropology of Indonesia, gender relations and feminism in Indonesia and cross-culturally, and adolescence in Indonesia and cross-culturally.
Professor Parker also teachesIndonesian language, and has conducted fieldwork in Bali and West Sumatra.
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