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Adat in Balinese discourse and practise: Locating citizenship and the commonweal

Warren, C.ORCID: 0000-0003-3842-4637 (2007) Adat in Balinese discourse and practise: Locating citizenship and the commonweal. In: Henley, D. and Davidson, J., (eds.) The revival of tradition in Indonesian politics: The deployment of Adat from colonialism to indigenism. Routledge, part of the Taylor & Francis Group, Abingdon, Oxon, pp. 170-202.

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The Indonesian term adat means 18custom 19 or 18tradition 19, and carries connotations of sedate order and harmony. Yet in recent years it has suddenly become associated with activism, protest and violence. This book investigates the revival of adat in Indonesian politics, identifying its origins, the historical factors that have conditioned it and the reasons behind its recent blossoming.

It considers whether the adat revival is a constructive contribution to Indonesia 19s new political pluralism or a divisive, dangerous and reactionary force, and examines the implications for the development of democracy, human rights, civility and political stability.

The Revival of Tradition in Indonesian Politics provides detailed coverage of the growing significance of adat in Indonesian politics. It is an important resource for anyone seeking to understand the contemporary Indonesian political landscape.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Asia Research Centre
Publisher: Routledge, part of the Taylor & Francis Group
Copyright: 2007 Editorial selection and matter, Jamie S. Davidson and David Henley; Individual chapters, the contributors
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