These essays investigate institutionalized violence in New Order Indonesia and the ongoing legacy Suharto's dictatorship has conferred on the nation. The collection includes papers on East Timor, Aceh, Biak, the police, and the Indonesian military, among other topics.
Nine chapters examine the political contexts, uses, and implications of violence under and within Suharto's regime in Indonesia. An unhappy spectrum of violence is described: crime and policing, military ideology and democratic resistance, the imposition of austerity measures and the riots that followed, the sanctioning of paramilitaries, the genocide in East Timor, and the disorder in Aceh. A map is included; an index is not. Published by The Southeast Asia Program, which is at Cornell U. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Benedict R. O'G. Anderson is the Aaron L. Binenkorb Professor Emeritus of International Studies, Government, and Asian Studies at Cornell University. His works include Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism, Language and Power: Exploring Political Cultures in Indonesia, and The Spectre of Comparisons: Nationalism, Southeast Asia, and the World.