Contentious	Belonging:	The	Place	of	Minorities	in	Indonesia	(Diversity	and	Its	Discontents:	An	Overview	of	Minority–Majority	Relations	in	Indonesia)
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Contentious Belonging: The Place of Minorities in Indonesia (Diversity and Its Discontents: An Overview of Minority–Majority Relations in Indonesia)

by Greg Fealy ; Ronit Ricci

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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  • Publisher : ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute
  • Product Code : 9789814843478C01

About Author

Greg Fealy ; Ronit Ricci

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. ; Ronit Ricci is Sternberg-Tamir Chair in Comparative Cultures and Associate Professor, Departments of Asian Studies and Religion, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem; and Associate Professor, School of Culture, History and Language, College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University, Canberra.