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Author Bubandt, Nils, author

Title Democracy, corruption and the politics of spirits in contemporary Indonesia / Nils Bubandt
Published Abingdon, Oxon ; New York : Routledge, 2014


Description 1 online resource (xi, 161 pages .)
Series The modern anthropology of Southeast Asia
Modern anthropology of South-East Asia.
Contents Introduction : politics with spirits -- The kyai : spirits and corruption -- The bloggers : spirits, embarrassment, and the battle for Islam -- The politician : sorcery and decentralization -- The sultan : elections, ancestors, and the law -- The prophet : world renewal and the ghost of a president -- Conclusion : democracy from a spirit point of view
Summary "Indonesia has been an electoral democracy for more than a decade, and yet the political landscape of the world's third-largest democracy is as complex and enigmatic as ever. The country has achieved a successful transition to democracy and yet Indonesian democracy continues to be flawed, illiberal, and predatory. This book suggests that this and other paradoxes of democracy in Indonesia often assume occult forms in the Indonesian political imagination, and that the spirit-like character of democracy and corruption traverses into the national media and the political elite. Through a series of biographical accounts of political entrepreneurs, all of whom employ spirits in various, but always highly contested, ways, the book seeks to provide a portrait of Indonesia's contradictory democracy, contending that the contradictions that haunt democracy in Indonesia also infect democracy globally. Exploring the intimate ways in which the world of politics and the world of spirits are entangled, it argues that Indonesia's seemingly peculiar problems with democracy and spirits in fact reflect a set of contradictions within democracy itself"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Spiritualism -- Political aspects -- Indonesia
Parapsychology and anthropology -- Indonesia
Political culture -- Indonesia
Democracy -- Indonesia
Corruption -- Indonesia
Ethnology -- Indonesia.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Public Policy -- Cultural Policy.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Anthropology -- Cultural.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Popular Culture.
Parapsychology and anthropology
Political culture
Politics and government
Indonesia -- Politics and government -- 1998-
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1317682521