Figures of Indonesian Modernity
Barker, Joshua; Lindquist, Johan
This multi-authored essay focuses on a series of figures, or cast of characters, that have captured the imaginations of Indonesians over the past several years. Figures portrayed include an expert on new technologies; a Muslim television preacher; a spiritual trainer; a person living with HIV/AIDS; an activist; an Acehnese ex-combatant; an NGO worker; an overseas female migrant worker; a labor recruiter; a street vendor; street kids; a Haj pilgrim; a rich entrepreneur; and a career woman. The authors examine the contemporary significance of these figures by situating them against the shifting social, political, cultural backdrop of this increasingly frenetic and fast-paced modern island nation.
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Page range: 35-72
Cornell University Southeast Asia Program