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1st Edition

Entertainment Media in Indonesia

ISBN 9780415451178
Published January 25, 2008 by Routledge
106 Pages

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Book Description

Entertainment media now comprise one of the world’s largest industries, yet they remain one of the least studied aspects of contemporary mass media. Every day hundreds of millions of people watch television programs that might broadly be described as ‘entertainment’, notably in the rapidly developing countries of Asia. However we still have little idea of what drives the production of Asian entertainment television, how audiences engage with television or how political and social élites understand the impact of television on the massive audiences. While India and China have attracted recent media attention, Indonesia has remained largely unnoticed. As Indonesia has the largest Muslim population in the world, is engaged in rapid modernization and the transition to democracy in significant part through the mass media, serious attention is long overdue.

The topics covered include:

  • talent shows,
  • crime and supernatural Reality TV,
  • travel programmes,
  • talent quests and
  • popular music

This book, with contributions from recognized experts on Indonesian media, is therefore of particular importance not just for explaining what is going on in Indonesian popular television, but also for establishing a theoretical framework for the study of entertainment media in other societies. The collection is essential for anyone wishing to know about entertainment media, Asian television and contemporary approaches to the study of Asian mass and popular media.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Why is Entertainment Television in Indonesia Important? Mark Hobart.  The Foreignizing Gaze: Producers, Audience and Symbols of the ‘Traditional' Gareth Barkin.  Fame, Fortune, Fantasi: Indonesian Idol and New Celebrity Penelope Coutas.  Entertaining Illusions: How Indonesian Élites Imagine Reality TV Affects the Masses, Mark Hobart.  Dangdut Soul: Who are ‘the People’ in Indonesian Popular Music? Andrew N. Weintraub.  Afterword Richard Fox

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Mark Hobart is the founder of the Centre for Media and Film Studies, SOAS. Originally trained as an anthropologist, he has conducted over eight years' research in Indonesia. His publications are wide-ranging but often address his long-standing interest in philosophical issues in the human sciences. Since 1988 he has worked on the ethnography of media production and reception in Indonesia, as part of a broader critique of approaches to Asian media.

Richard Fox is Assistant Professor of the History of Religions at the University of Chicago Divinity School. His research and teaching focus on issues of religion, media and performance in Southeast Asia, with an emphasis on contemporary Indonesia. His most recent publications have appeared in Bijdragen tot de taal-, land- en volkenkunde, Modern Asian Studies and The Asian Journal of communication.