Identity and Pleasure: The Politics of Indonesian Screen
Culture critically examines what media and screen culture reveal about the
ways urban-based Indonesians attempted to redefine their identity in the first
decade of this century. Through a richly nuanced analysis of expressions and
representations found in screen culture (cinema, television and social media),
it analyses the waves of energy and optimism, and the disillusionment,
disorientation and despair, that arose in the power vacuum that followed the
dramatic collapse of the militaristic New Order government.
While in-depth analyses of identity and political contestation
within the nation are the focus of the book, trans-national engagements and
global dimensions are a significant part of the story in each chapter. The
author focuses on contemporary cultural politics in Indonesia, but each chapter
contextualizes current circumstances by setting them within a broader historical
Ariel HERYANTO is Professor and Deputy Director (Education) at the School
of Culture, History and Language of the Australian National University's College
of Asia and The Pacific.