Research on Contemporary Indonesia: Complexities and Intricacies to Explore

Research on Contemporary Indonesia: Complexities and Intricacies to Explore Abstract: Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation, has developed into the world’s third-largest democracy. Despite the encouraging picture of political transformation accompanied by remarkable economic growth that it presents, serious challenges and the potential for backsliding remain. Studies on Indonesia undertaken at centres outside the country have grown in number, but their authors’ engagement and dialogue with Indonesian scholars about the state of studies on Indonesia and the direction in which those studies are heading remain insufficient. To address this gap, and in collaboration with other Indonesian scholars, we outline contemporary developments in research on Indonesia. We address the ongoing and emerging studies, research gaps and future directions identified during a round table organized by the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies on 10 May 2013 in Singapore. Areas of focus are sociological and demographic trends, domestic politics, decentralization and political economy. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Sojourn: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia Institute of Southeast Asian Studies

Research on Contemporary Indonesia: Complexities and Intricacies to Explore

Research on Contemporary Indonesia: Complexities and Intricacies to Explore


SOJOURN: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia Vol. 30, No. 1 (2015), pp. 227–55 DOI: 10.1355/sj30-1h © 2015 ISEAS ISSN 0217-9520 print / ISSN 1793-2858 electronic Research on Contemporary Indonesia: Complexities and Intricacies to Explore Kathleen Azali and Ulla Fionna Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation, has developed into the world’s third-largest democracy. Despite the encouraging picture of political transformation accompanied by remarkable economic growth that it presents, serious challenges and the potential for backsliding remain. Studies on Indonesia undertaken at centres outside the country have grown in number, but their authors’ engagement and dialogue with Indonesian scholars about the state of studies on Indonesia and the direction in which those studies are heading remain insufficient. To address this gap, and in collaboration with other Indonesian scholars, we outline contemporary developments in research on Indonesia. We address the ongoing and emerging studies, research gaps and future directions identified during a round table organized by the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies on 10 May 2013 in Singapore. Areas of focus are sociological and demographic trends, domestic politics, decentralization and political economy. Keywords: Indonesia, research trends, democracy, decentralization, politics, political economy. After three decades of autocracy under Soeharto, Indonesia has experienced astonishing changes during the last sixteen years. Political freedom is now something about which Indonesians can boast, while the country’s media and civil society now thrive. The country has just held its third direct, highly contested presidential election in a climate marked by a relatively high level of openness, peace and public scrutiny. It has joined the ranks of the G20, displayed several years of annual economic growth of more than five per cent and 08 SOJOURN RN.indd...
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Abstract: Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation, has developed into the world’s third-largest democracy. Despite the encouraging picture of political transformation accompanied by remarkable economic growth that it presents, serious challenges and the potential for backsliding remain. Studies on Indonesia undertaken at centres outside the country have grown in number, but their authors’ engagement and dialogue with Indonesian scholars about the state of studies on Indonesia and the direction in which those studies are heading remain insufficient. To address this gap, and in collaboration with other Indonesian scholars, we outline contemporary developments in research on Indonesia. We address the ongoing and emerging studies, research gaps and future directions identified during a round table organized by the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies on 10 May 2013 in Singapore. Areas of focus are sociological and demographic trends, domestic politics, decentralization and political economy.

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