The Politics of the Periphery in Indonesia: Social and Geographical Perspectives

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Edited by Minako Sakai, Glenn Banks and John H. Walker

The Politics of the Periphery in Indonesia is a thought-provoking examination of local politics and the dynamics of power at Indonesia's geographic and social margins. After the fall of Suharto in 1998 and the introduction of a policy of decentralization in 2001, local stakeholders secured and consolidated decision-making power, and set about negotiating new relations with Jakarta. The volume deals with power struggles and local-national tensions, looking among other things at resource control, the historical roots of regional identity politics, and issues relating to Chinese-Indonesians.

The authors develop information in ways that transcend the post-colonial territorial boundaries of Indonesia in the Malay-Indonesian archipelago, and use case studies to show how the changes described have galvanized Indonesian politics at the cultural and geographical peripheries.


Minako Sakai is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Australian Defence Force Academy campus of the University of New South Wales.

Glenn Banks is an associate professor at the School of People, Environment and Planning at Massey University in New Zealand.

John H. Walker is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Australian Defence Force Academy campus of the University of New South Wales.


Publication Year: 2009
360 pages, 229mm x 153mm
ISBN: 978-9971-69-479-1, Paperback

NUS Press