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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    Miller, S. (2018). Zombie Anti-Communism? Democratization and the Demons of Suharto-Era Politics in Contemporary Indonesia. In K. McGregor, J. Melvin, & A. Pohlman (Eds.), The Indonesian Genocide of 1965: Causes, Dynamics and Legacies (pp. 287-310). Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-71455-4_15