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Asia in Transition

The Divergent Nation of Indonesia

Heterogeneous Imaginings in Jakarta, Kupang, and Banda Aceh

Authors: Nugroho, Stefani

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  • The first book to deal with the heterogeneity of 'the imagined community' in the context of Indonesia 
  • Examines the centre-periphery relations of Indonesia in the post-authoritarian period
  • Expands on the debate in nation studies between macro- and the micro-perspectives by looking at their points of encounter
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This book explores how Indonesia is imagined differently by young people in the three cities of Jakarta, Kupang and Banda Aceh. Throughout the course of Indonesia’s colonial and postcolonial history, Jakarta, the capital, has always occupied a central position, while Kupang in East Nusa Tenggara and Banda Aceh in Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam are located at the peripheries. The book analyses the convergences and divergences in how the country is perceived from these different vantage points, and the implications for Indonesia, also providing a new perspective to the classic and contemporary theories of the nation. By examining the heterogeneity of the imaginings of the nation ‘from below’, it moves away from the tendency to focus on the homogeneity of the nation, found in the classic theories such as Anderson’s and Gellner’s, as well as in more recent theories on every day and banal nationalism. Using the tenets of standpoint theory and Laclau and Mouffe’s theory of hegemony, the nation is acknowledged as an empty signifier that means different things depending on the positionality of the perceiving subject. The work appeals to scholars of nation studies and Asian and Indonesian studies, as well those interested in the empirical grounding of poststructuralist theories.


About the authors

Stefani H.S. Nugroho is currently an assistant professor at the Faculty of Psychology, Atma Jaya Catholic University, Jakarta, Indonesia. Prior to this, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Asian Studies, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, and a Fulbright-Scholar-in-Residence at Santa Fe College, US. She obtained her doctoral degree in sociology from the National University of Singapore. Her research interest revolves around the discursive constructions of the nation particularly in the postcolonial context or among minorities.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Hardcover 83,19 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Divergent Nation of Indonesia
Book Subtitle
Heterogeneous Imaginings in Jakarta, Kupang, and Banda Aceh
Authors
Series Title
Asia in Transition
Series Volume
9
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-15-4242-8
DOI
10.1007/978-981-15-4242-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-15-4241-1
Series ISSN
2364-8252
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 162
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour
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