The premise of Social Science and Power in Indonesia is that the role and development of social sciences in Indonesia over the past fifty years are inextricably related to the shifting requirements of power. What is researched and what is not, which frameworks achieve paradigmatic status while others are marginalized, and which kinds of social scientists become influential while others are ignored are all matters of power. These and other important themes and issues are critically explored by some of Indonesia's foremost social scientists in this seminal work.
For the twenty three years prior to its banning on June 21 1994, Tempo magazine was Indonesia's most important news weekly, and its editor in chief one of Indonesias's leading poets and intellectuals. This book tells the story of the paper, its staff and many supporters, and of its relations with political movements.
The Politics of Indonesia is an engaging and accessible account of this country's main political issues, themes, and institutions. Beginning with a discussion of traditional cultural and political influences, it traces Indonesia's political development through the colonial era and into the period of Indonesia's emergence as an independent state. Charting the rise and fall of President Suharto, the book also provides an overview of a number of contentious issues, such as the political role of the armed forces, corruption, compromised judicial independence, human rights, economic development and crisis, and national unity. It concludes by considering the main political influences at work in Indonesia at the close of the Suharto period, and the prospects for democratic reform. It also provides a useful guide to further reading. This book is a valuable and fascinating resource for students of Asian studies and related disciplines, those who travel and do business in Indonesia, and, indeed, anyone living in the strategic shadow of this important and culturally diverse nation.