Fragmentation in Indonesia is by far the most critical issue now facing the state. This book analyses social unrest, autonomy and separatism in the wake of the Indonesian economic crisis, placing them in the context of state evolution, and looking at the competing aims of economic and political globalization with local agendas. Topics covered include Indonesian nationalism in historical perspective, identity and the nation-state, NGO activism, and case-studies from Aceh, Papua, East Timor and Sumatra.
'It is a rich source of material and questions that will enable the reader to at least think in an informed way about these issues.' - Journal of Asian Studies
'This is a very thought-provoking book, and it provides a vivid, if disturbing, portrait of a nation in transition and crisis.' - Journal of Asian Studies
Part 1: Themes and Issues 1. Nation versus State in Indonesia 2. Forming Nations: Beyond Western-Centrism 3. The State and Status of the Nation: A Historical Viewpoint 4. Indonesia Since President Wahid: Problems and Prospects of Democratization 5. Indonesian Decentralization: Local Autonomy, Trade Barriers and Descrimination Part 2: The Regions 6. Diversity in Unity 7. Papua and Indonesia: Where Contending Nationalisms Meet 8. Modernity, History and Ethnicity: Indonesian and Acehnese Nationalism in Conflict 9. Aceh in Post-Suharto Indonesia: Protracted Conflict Amid Democratization 10. The Struggle for Political Reform in South Sumatra 11. The First Year of Local Autonomy: The Case of West Sumatra 12. Resisting the Mainland: The Formation of Bangka-Belitung Province