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Indonesia: State & Society in Transition by Jemma Purdey, Antje Missbach, and Dave McRae (review)

Indonesia: State & Society in Transition by Jemma Purdey, Antje Missbach, and Dave McRae (review) Jemma Purdey, Antje Missbach, and Dave McRae. Indonesia: State & Society in Transition. Boulder and London: Lynne Rienner, 2020. 261+ pp. Robert W. Hefner How are we to understand Indonesia today? Is it best viewed as the rare exception among Muslim-majority countries in having successfully transitioned to electoral democracy? Or is it more truthfully characterized as a fatally flawed oligarchic democracy plagued by money-politics and populist majoritarianism? More than twenty years after Indonesia’s return to electoral democracy, questions like these continue to challenge Indonesianists. And it is against this background that Jemma Purdey, Antje Missbach, and Dave McRae offer a timely and intellectually bracing “survey of contemporary Indonesian politics, society, and culture, and its relations with the outside world” (2). The authors bring varied skills to their task of making sense of Indonesia today. McRae is a senior lecturer at the Asia Institute at the University of Melbourne and author of one of the most important studies of communal violence in the early post- Suharto period, in the Poso region of Sulawesi. Missbach is a lecturer in the school of social science at Monash University and the author of several important studies of migration, border regimes, and refugees in http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Indonesia Southeast Asia Program [Cornell University]

Indonesia: State & Society in Transition by Jemma Purdey, Antje Missbach, and Dave McRae (review)

Indonesia , Volume 109 (1) – May 15, 2020

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Abstract

Jemma Purdey, Antje Missbach, and Dave McRae. Indonesia: State & Society in Transition. Boulder and London: Lynne Rienner, 2020. 261+ pp. Robert W. Hefner How are we to understand Indonesia today? Is it best viewed as the rare exception among Muslim-majority countries in having successfully transitioned to electoral democracy? Or is it more truthfully characterized as a fatally flawed oligarchic democracy plagued by money-politics and populist majoritarianism? More than twenty years after Indonesia’s return to electoral democracy, questions like these continue to challenge Indonesianists. And it is against this background that Jemma Purdey, Antje Missbach, and Dave McRae offer a timely and intellectually bracing “survey of contemporary Indonesian politics, society, and culture, and its relations with the outside world” (2). The authors bring varied skills to their task of making sense of Indonesia today. McRae is a senior lecturer at the Asia Institute at the University of Melbourne and author of one of the most important studies of communal violence in the early post- Suharto period, in the Poso region of Sulawesi. Missbach is a lecturer in the school of social science at Monash University and the author of several important studies of migration, border regimes, and refugees in

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IndonesiaSoutheast Asia Program [Cornell University]

Published: May 15, 2020

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