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.
Aspirations, Christianity, Indonesia, modernity, religion
Asian Studies | Race and Ethnicity | Religion
SAGE Publications (UK and US)
HOON, Chang Yau.(2016). Religious aspirations among urban Christians in contemporary Indonesia. International Sociology, 31(4), 413-431.
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