Zombie Anti-Communism? Democratization and the Demons of Suharto-Era Politics in Contemporary Indonesia

Stephen Miller

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    Abstract

    Aggressive anti-communism was a key aspect of the narrative rationalizing the bloody genesis of the New Order and a leading element of ideology used to justify on-going repression of dissent as the regime aged. Since 1998 Indonesia has undergone a significant liberalization. Despite these reforms, critical elements of Suharto-era political culture and institutional power remain important in public life. This chapter investigates anti-communism both as a legacy of the Suharto era and a dynamic aspect of current Indonesian politics. Miller discusses a number of recent public manifestations of anti-communism, including incidents during the 2014 presidential election, and issues in social media in 2015. The chapter offers explanations for the robustness of anti-communism and seeks to extend our understanding of the contours of contemporary Indonesian anti-communism.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Indonesian Genocide of 1965
    Subtitle of host publicationCauses, Dynamics and Legacies
    EditorsKatharine McGregor, Jess Melvin, Annie Pohlman
    PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
    Pages287-310
    Number of pages24
    ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-71455-4
    ISBN (Print)978-3-319-71454-7
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2018

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