Since the fall of the Suharto regime, forces pressing for regional autonomy have strengthened in Indonesia, with some people arguing that the country is in danger of disintegrating. This book examines a range of issues connected with decentralization and regional autonomy in Indonesia, especially focusing on various local contexts. The multiple issues that are dealt with in this volume include: ethnic revival and violence; corruption, collusion and nepotism; the complexities of administrative reorganization and the forging of new networks; reshaping of cultural identity; new emerging social hierarchies; and new conflicts over the use of environment.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Entangled politics in Post-Suharto Indonesia Part 1 The Politics of Regional Autonomy 2. Exercising Freedom: Local autonomy and democracy in Indonesia 3. Reorganizing Political Power in Indonesia: A reconsideration of so-called 'democratic transitions' 4. 'Hidden Autonomy': Understanding the nature of Indonesian decentralization on a day-to-day basis 5. Decentralization and the Military 6. The Reshaping of the Indonesian Archipelago after 50 years of Regional Imbalance Part 2 Conflicts over Culture, Identity and Power 7. Otonomi Daerah in Bali: The call for special autonomy status in the name of Kebalian 8. Regional Autonomy, Malayness, and Power Hierarchy in the Riau Archipelago 9. Cultural Identity in an Era of Regional Autonomy: Reinventing Manggarai? 10. Decentralization and Regional Violence in the Post-Suharto State Part 3 Regional Autonomy and the Environment 11. Striving for Self-Governance and Democracy: The continuing struggle of the integrated pest management farmers 12. Forest Resource Management and Self Governance in Regional Autonomy Indonesia
Maribeth Erb is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore. She is the author of The Manggaraians (Times Editions, 1999) and the co-editor of a special issue in 2000 of Southeast Asian Journal of Social Science 'A Changing Indonesia'. Articles of hers, on tourism, Manggaraian ritual and history, have appeared in many journals and edited collections.
Carole Faucher is currently Visiting Associate Professor in the Institute of Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa in Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. She obtained her Ph.D. in Sociology from the National University of Singapore where she has also been working as a Fellow between 1999 and 2003. Her fields of interest include collective memory and anthropology of the emotions.
Priyambudi Sulistiyanto is Assistant Professor at the Southeast Asian Studies Programme, National University of Singapore. His current research looks at the politics of reconciliation and forgiveness in post-Suharto Indonesia and the political economy of power sector reforms in Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines. He is the author of Thailand, Indonesia and Burma in Comparative Perspective (Ashgate, 2002).
'The strength of the articles makes this anthology a worthwhile read for those interested in contemporary development in Indonesia as well as for political analysts attempting to gaina perspective of the entire decentralization process.'
- Contemporary Southeast Asia