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

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    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
    Place of PublicationCham
    PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
    Number of pages24
    ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-71455-4
    ISBN (Print)978-3-319-71454-7
    Publication statusPublished - 2018

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    NamePalgrave Studies in the History of Genocide

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