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The Political Economy of Mountain JavaAn Interpretive History$
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Robert Hefner

Print publication date: 1990

Print ISBN-13: 9780520069336

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520069336.001.0001

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Politics and Social Identity

Politics and Social Identity

The 1965–66 Violence and Its Aftermath

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The Political Economy of Mountain Java

Robert W. Hefner

University of California Press

Social forces are realigning politics and identity in Java today. Driven by broad changes in the Indonesian state, recent developments have linked village to nation in a way unanticipated by observers of the old regime. As in much of the developing world, regional traditions are giving way to national culture. In so doing, they are creating the symbols and instruments for a standardized social hierarchy and the conditions for a broader struggle over the form and meaning of modern community. This chapter discusses political community in the pre-1965 period; political conflict in Pasuruan's lowlands; the violence that swept across Java following the abortive left-wing officers' coup in Jakarta the night of September 30, 1965; and the changing bases of rural polity.

Keywords:   Java, social forces, politics, social identity, rural policy

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