Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

5-2016

Abstract

Recognizing that the Christians in Indonesia are not a homogeneous group, this article examines the various contested spiritual, social, and political aspirations of urban Christians in the contexts of the historical trajectory of Indonesian modernity, forces of globalization and urbanization, the role of capital, and the development of Islam - the indispensable religious 'Other' to this minority religion in contemporary Indonesia. It sheds light on the ways in which this minority exercises agency in using political participation and social activism as a counterbalance to the growing Islamization of Indonesia, and how they strategically utilize their extensive economic, social, and political capital to navigate the treacherous waters of rising religious intolerance in the country where the world's largest Muslim population resides.

Keywords

Aspirations, Christianity, Indonesia, modernity, religion

Discipline

Asian Studies | Race and Ethnicity | Religion

Research Areas

Humanities

Publication

International Sociology

Volume

31

Issue

4

First Page

413

Last Page

431

ISSN

0268-5809

Identifier

10.1177/0268580916643853

Publisher

SAGE Publications (UK and US)

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Additional URL

http://doi.org/10.1177/0268580916643853

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