Renegotiating Boundaries: Local Politics in Post-Suharto Indonesia
Henk Schulte Nordholt
KITLV Press, 2007 - History - 562 pages
For decades almost the only social scientists who visited Indonesia's provinces were anthropologists. Anybody interested in politics or economics spent most of their time in Jakarta, where the action was. Our view of the world's fourth largest threatened to become simplistic, lacking that essential graininess. Then, in 1998, Indonesia was plunged into a crisis that could not be understood with simplistic tools.
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