Contentious	Belonging:	The	Place	of	Minorities	in	Indonesia

Contentious Belonging: The Place of Minorities in Indonesia

by Greg Fealy

Contention has surrounded the status of minorities throughout Indonesian history. Two broad polarities are evident: one inclusive of minorities, regarding them as part of the nation’s rich complexity and a manifestation of its “Unity in Diversity” motto; the other exclusive, viewing with suspicion or disdain those communities or groups that differ from the perceived majority. State and community attitudes towards minorities have fluctuated over time. Some periods have been notable for the acceptance of minorities and protection of their rights, while others have been marked by anti-minority discrimination, marginalisation and sometimes violence. 

This book explores the complex historical and contemporary dimensions of Indonesia’s religious, ethnic, LGBT and disability minorities from a range of perspectives, including historical, legal, political, cultural, discursive and social. It addresses fundamental questions about Indonesia’s tolerance and acceptance of difference, and examines the extent to which diversity is embraced or suppressed.

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Preliminary pages
1. Diversity and Its Discontents: An Overview of Minority–Majority Relations in Indonesia
2. Minorities in Indonesian History: From Ambiguous Advantage to Cantonisation
3. Minorities and Discrimination in Indonesia: The Legal Framework
4. The Constitutional Court and Minority Rights: Analysing the Recent Homosexual Sex and Indigenous Belief Cases
5. Changing Laws, Changing Attitudes: The Place of People with Disability in Indonesia
6. Disability Inclusion in Indonesia: The Role of Islamic Schools and Universities in Inclusive Education Reform
7. Is the Recent Wave of Homophobia in Indonesia Unexpected?
8. Localising Queer Identities: Queer Activisms and National Belonging in Indonesia
9. The Mobilisation of Intolerance and Its Trajectories: Indonesian Muslims’ Views of Religious Minorities and Ethnic Chinese
10. Disputes over Places of Worship in Indonesia: Evaluating the Role of the Interreligious Harmony Forum
11. Anti-Chinese Sentiment and the “Return” of the Pribumi Discourse
12. Minority and Advantage: The Story of Sindhis in Indonesia
13. "Normalising" the Orang Rimba: Between Mainstreaming, Marginalising and Respecting Indigenous Culture
14. Manipulating Minorities and Majorities: Reflections on “Contentious Belonging”
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  • Number of Pages : 282
  • Publisher : ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute
  • Weight : 397g
  • Product Code : 9789814843461
  • Dimension : 152 x 229 mm

About Author

Greg Fealy

Greg Fealy is Associate Professor, Department of Political and Social Change, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University, Canberra.