Narratives to power: The case of the Djojohadikusumo family dynasty over four generations

Jemma Elizabeth Purdey

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    At all levels of politics in Indonesia today, political families have a central place. The families of previous presidents and dynasties in regional and local politics have all been central to Indonesia's decentralised and increasingly personality-driven democracy. This article presents preliminary work on a biographical study of one of Indonesia's most prominent and enduring political dynasties, the Djojohadikusumo family, who have held positions of power in key national institutions across four generations. The study aims to improve our understanding of how this family has conceived itself within political structures as they have shifted over four generations. What characteristics of the dynasty can be identified as enabling its adaptability? How much do external and structural forces sustain the dynasty as a central player? And how much is it sustained by characteristics that are internal, historical, psychological and culturally specific to the family unit?
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)369-385
    Number of pages17
    JournalSouth East Asia Research
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2016


    • Indonesia
    • dynasty
    • Political family
    • Djojohadikusumo

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