Antje Missbach and Jemma Purdey (eds.)

Linking people

Connections and encounters between Australians and Indonesians

april 2015, 300 s., kart., format 225 x 155 mm
isbn 978-3-940132-73-4
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The Australia–Indonesia bilateral relationship has faced significant ruptures in recent times as a result of a string of high profile incidents related to border control, spying and trade restrictions. The volatility in the relationship is at the same time at odds with their stated aims for a strong neighbourly partnership.

Linking people brings together specialists from a range of disciplines in a timely discussion to examine the breadth and sophistication of people-to-people links between these two countries. The contributors look behind the headlines and hot button issues to better understand the multitude of connections. These include language studies, education, bilateral mobility, crime links, marriage migration, diasporic interactions, as well as collaboration in the arts, trade, and the law.

Linking people asks in what ways are these people-to-people links significant and how have they changed over time? As Indonesia progresses further towards rapid modernisation, it can also be assumed that the previous dynamic within the relationship will give way to new interpretations. This book highlights those interactions between Indonesians and Australians that take place outside of the formal bilateral relationship and can potentially contribute to shaping a more stable, vigorous and balanced bilateral relationship.



Richard Chauvel, Howard Dick, Lily Yulianti Farid, Bob Hadiwinata, Antje Missbach, Helen Pausacker, Donny Pasaribu, Jemma Purdey, Budy P. Resosudarmo, Danau Tanu, Ross Tapsell, Kiki Verico, Alistair Welch, Ian Wilson, Monika Winarnita.



Antje Missbach is a research fellow at the Department of Anthropology at Monash University in Melbourne. She studied Southeast Asian studies and anthropology at Humboldt University in Berlin and obtained a PhD from the Australian National University for a thesis about the long-distance politics of the Acehnese diaspora. Her current research interests include transit migration, diaspora politics, as well as border and mobility studies.

Jemma Purdey is a research fellow at Deakin University and an ad- junct fellow in the School of Social Sciences at Monash University. She is the author of From Vienna to Yogyakarta: The Life of Herb Feith (UNSW Press, Sydney, 2011) and Anti-Chinese Violence in Indonesia, 1996-1999 (NUS Publishing, Singapore, 2006). She is also chair of the board of the magazine Inside Indonesia and a member of the Herb Feith Foundation.


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