Nations of intent: the decolonization of Indonesia in comparative perspective
|ISGI Seminar No. 21|
Dec 03, 2003
from 01:00 PM to 03:30 PM
|Where||Meioukyouju-shitsu, Honkan building, Hitotsubashi University Kunitachi Campus (West), Tokyo|
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Theories of nationalism generally emphasise the power of external factors in creating national identity. Whether emphasising primordial culture or the powerful influence of the modern state and capitalism, most theorists assume that people have little choice when it comes to national identity. The experience of Indonesia and other Southeast Asian countries, however, suggests that people choose the national identity not only because of its 'fit' with their culture and their historical experience but because of the political visions it offers. The notion of 'nations-of-intent' coined by the Malaysian sociologist Shamsul A.B. is a powerful tool for understanding this process.
Robert Cribb is senior fellow in the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University. His research focuses mainly on Indonesia and covers national identity, political violence, environmental politics and historical geography.