New Criminal Type in Jakarta: Counter-Revolution Today James T. Siegel

ISBN: 9781282919754

Published: May 10th 2014

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New Criminal Type in Jakarta: Counter-Revolution Today  by  James T. Siegel

New Criminal Type in Jakarta: Counter-Revolution Today by James T. Siegel
May 10th 2014 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 161 pages | ISBN: 9781282919754 | 10.67 Mb

In A New Criminal Type in Jakarta, James T. Siegel studies the dependence of Indonesias post-1965 government on the ubiquitous presence of what he calls criminality, an ensemble of imagined forces within its society that is poised to tear itMoreIn A New Criminal Type in Jakarta, James T. Siegel studies the dependence of Indonesias post-1965 government on the ubiquitous presence of what he calls criminality, an ensemble of imagined forces within its society that is poised to tear it apart.

Siegel, a foremost authority on Indonesia, interprets Suhartos New Order-in powerful contrast to Sukarnos Old Order-and shows a cultural and political life in Jakarta controlled by a repressive regime that has created new ideas among its population about crime, ghosts, fear, and national identity.Examining the links between the concept of criminality and scandal, rumor, fear, and the state, Siegel analyzes daily life in Jakarta through the seemingly disparate but strongly connected elements of family life, gossip, and sensationalist journalism.

He offers close analysis of the preoccupation with crime in Pos Kota (a newspaper directed toward the lower classes) and the middle-class magazine Tempo. Because criminal activity has been a sensationalized preoccupation in Jakartas news venues and among its people, criminality, according to Siegel, has pervaded the identities of its ordinary citizens. Siegel examines how and why the government, fearing revolution and in an attempt to assert power, has made criminality itself a disturbing rationalization for the spectacular massacre of the people it calls criminals-many of whom were never accused of particular crimes.

A New Criminal Type in Jakarta reveals that Indonesians-once united by Sukarnos revolutionary proclamations in the name of the people-are now, lacking any other unifying element, united through their identification with the criminal and through a nationalization of death that has emerged with Suhartos strong counter-revolutionary measures.A provocative introduction to contemporary Indonesia, this book will engage those interested in Southeast Asian studies, anthropology, history, political science, postcolonial studies, public culture, and cultural studies generally.



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