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Democracy, corruption and the politics of spirits in contemporary Indonesia

Author: Nils Bubandt
Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York : Routledge, 2014.
Series: Modern anthropology of South-East Asia.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Indonesia has been an electoral democracy for more than a decade, and yet the political landscape of the world's third-largest democracy is as complex and enigmatic as ever. The country has achieved a successful transition to democracy and yet Indonesian democracy continues to be flawed, illiberal, and predatory. This book suggests that this and other paradoxes of democracy in Indonesia often assume occult forms in  Read more...
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Bubandt, Nils.
Democracy, corruption and the politics of spirits in contemporary Indonesia.
(DLC) 2013046617
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Nils Bubandt
ISBN: 1317682521 9781317682523 9781315773803 1315773805 9781317682516 1317682513 9781317682509 1317682505
OCLC Number: 881805311
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 161 pages .).
Contents: Introduction : politics with spirits --
The kyai : spirits and corruption --
The bloggers : spirits, embarrassment, and the battle for Islam --
The politician : sorcery and decentralization --
The sultan : elections, ancestors, and the law --
The prophet : world renewal and the ghost of a president --
Conclusion : democracy from a spirit point of view.
Series Title: Modern anthropology of South-East Asia.
Responsibility: Nils Bubandt.

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"Indonesia has been an electoral democracy for more than a decade, and yet the political landscape of the world's third-largest democracy is as complex and enigmatic as ever. The country has achieved a successful transition to democracy and yet Indonesian democracy continues to be flawed, illiberal, and predatory. This book suggests that this and other paradoxes of democracy in Indonesia often assume occult forms in the Indonesian political imagination, and that the spirit-like character of democracy and corruption traverses into the national media and the political elite. Through a series of biographical accounts of political entrepreneurs, all of whom employ spirits in various, but always highly contested, ways, the book seeks to provide a portrait of Indonesia's contradictory democracy, contending that the contradictions that haunt democracy in Indonesia also infect democracy globally. Exploring the intimate ways in which the world of politics and the world of spirits are entangled, it argues that Indonesia's seemingly peculiar problems with democracy and spirits in fact reflect a set of contradictions within democracy itself"--

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