Title

Learning to Belong

Publication Type

Journal Article

Version

Postprint

Publication Date

2010

Abstract

Educational efforts are being made around the country to enable minorities to feel they belong and to teach majorities that they should value the diversity of Indonesia. The cultural, linguistic and ethnic diversity of Indonesia is famed around the world and accepted within Indonesia. The national motto of ‘Unity in Diversity’ places diversity at the centre of the nation-state. But despite significant progress in democratisation, decentralisation and regional autonomy in post-Suharto Indonesia, old fears of federalism, separatism and disunity remain. Multiculturalism and pluralism are still often viewed with suspicion and paranoia is spread by extremists for their own ends.

Keywords

ethnic relations, Indonesia, multiculturism, cultural diversity

Discipline

Asian Studies | Race and Ethnicity

Research Areas

Political Science

Publication

Inside Indonesia

Volume

102

ISSN

0814-1185

Publisher

Indonesian Resources and Information Program

Additional URL

http://www.insideindonesia.org/feature-editions/learning-to-belong

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