Guarding the nation: students and political violence in Indonesia, 1998 - 2008

Indonesia Project

Event details

Indonesia Study Group

Date & time

Tuesday 19 January 2010


Coombs Seminar Room B, HC Coombs Building 9, Cnr Fellows Road and Garran Road, ANU


Doreen Lee, Loewenstein Fellow, Department of Political Science, Amherst College.


Indonesia Project

The author traces the changing configuration of popular politics in post-Suharto Indonesia by looking at street demonstrations in May and June of 2008. This article analyses the links between violence by and against student activists and civil society groups in Jakarta, Indonesia, and those of other mass organizations that have usually been discussed as separate cases of religious or ethnic violence. The author argues that the developments of Reform (Reformasi) in general, and in the student movement in particular, have tended to obscure acts of extrajudicial violence in street politics as spontaneous acts of ‘anarchy’, rather than the political violence it constitutes.

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