Vissia Ita Yulianto

Reframing Modernities in Contemporary Indonesia

An Ethnographic Study of Ideas of Center and Periphery on Sulawesi and Java

august 2015, 224 pages, paperback, size 225 x 155 mm
isbn 978-3-940132-71-0
series Das regionale Fachbuch

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How are modernities related to contexts? In what ways do distinct historical, socio-cultural and political situatedness, as well as actors’ mental maps of the global world play out in everyday life?


“Reframing Modernities in Contemporary Indonesia” is an assessment of the perceptions and experience of modernities in relation to ideas of center and periphery in postcolonial Indonesia; namely in Manado, a Christian-majority society in North Sulawesi province, and in Yogyakarta, the special status province in Java.


Stressing the importance of contextualizing the emic views this study actively challenges the notion of a homogenizing Western modernity by exploring the heterogenic nature of Indonesian societies and its response to the changing political and economic power structures on the global level, arguing that modernities need to be perceived as being qualitative.



About the author

Vissia Ita Yulianto is a social and cultural anthropologist. She received her BA and MA from Sanata Dharma University, Yogyakarta, and her PhD from Albert-Ludwigs University, Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. She is currently teaching at the Graduate School of Cultural Studies, Sanata Dharma University, Yogyakarta and at the Graduate School of Performing and Visual Arts Studies, Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

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