What Does Postmodernism Do in Contemporary Indonesia?

Ariel Heryanto

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This paper historizes the recent vogue of post-modernist thought in Indonesia by relating that vogue to the cultural politics of the country's urban intelligentsia. The writer welcomes post-modernism, but with some serious reservations. He relates the contradictory political character of post-modernism to the position of the middle class in contemporary Indonesia. While the homology between the middle class and post-modernism may well be global, the writer considers the specificity of the relation in the Indonesian case.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-44
Number of pages12
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes


  • Postmodernism
  • Indonesia

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