Postcolonial Citizenship in Provincial Indonesia

Authors: van Klinken, Gerry

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  • Challenges ethnocentricity found within current scholarly work on citizenship in Europe and North America
  • Enlarges the current debate about citizenship beyond its western preoccupation by including the postcolonial world 
  • Addresses issues of institutional fragility, political violence, as well as legitimacy and aspirations to freedom in non-western cultures
  • Includes a detailed history of a small provincial town in Indonesia from the late colonial period through to the post-1965
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This book examines the history of state formation in postcolonial Indonesia by starting with the death of Jan Djong, an activist and a former village head in the little town of Maumere. It historicizes contemporary debates on citizenship in the postcolonial world.

Citizenship has been called the “organizing principle of state-society relations in modern states”. Democratization is today most intense in the non-Western, post-colonial world. Yet “real” citizenship seems largely absent there. Only a few rights-claiming, autonomous, and individualistic citizens celebrated in mainstream literature exist in post-colonial countries.

In reflecting on one concrete story to examine the core dilemmas facing the study of citizenship in postcolonial settings, this book challenges ethnocentricity found within current scholarly work on citizenship in Europe and North America and addresses issues of institutional fragility, political violence, as well as legitimacy and aspirations to freedom in non-Western cultures.


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Gerry van Klinken is honorary professor of Southeast Asian history at the University of Amsterdam, and at the University of Queensland. He helped coordinate the international research collaboration, From Clients to Citizens? Emerging Citizenship in Democratizing Indonesia.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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eBook $44.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Postcolonial Citizenship in Provincial Indonesia
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd., part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-981-13-6725-0
DOI
10.1007/978-981-13-6725-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-13-6724-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 152
Number of Illustrations
35 b/w illustrations
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