Beginning to Remember: The Past in the Indonesian Present

As Indonesia emerges from authoritarian rule, public intellectuals have begun to question the way the country’s past has been remembered, memorialized and inscribed. Mary Zurbuchen’s edited collection of essays addresses the many ways in which Indonesians have dealt with memory, its formation and its manipulation.

The authors consider how narratives of the past have taken shape local, national, group and individual levels in Indonesia, exploring the reasons why various understandings of issues such as national solidarity, citizenship, power, ethnic identity, religious belief and regional loyalty appeal to different elements in modern Indonesian society. They focus in particular on how Indonesia remembers trauma and violence. This diverse group of Indonesian and international scholars and commentators develop an understanding of the issues that most concern Indonesians as they reinterpret their recent history and the society it has shaped.

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As Indonesia emerges from authoritarian rule, public intellectuals have begun to question the way the country’s past has been remembered, memorialized and inscribed. Mary Zurbuchen’s edited collection of essays addresses the many ways in which Indonesians have dealt with memory, its formation and its manipulation.

The authors consider how narratives of the past have taken shape local, national, group and individual levels in Indonesia, exploring the reasons why various understandings of issues such as national solidarity, citizenship, power, ethnic identity, religious belief and regional loyalty appeal to different elements in modern Indonesian society. They focus in particular on how Indonesia remembers trauma and violence. This diverse group of Indonesian and international scholars and commentators develop an understanding of the issues that most concern Indonesians as they reinterpret their recent history and the society it has shaped.

 

Publisher: NUS Press

Paperback

2005

ISBN: 9789971693039