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Imagining the New Order Nation: Materiality and Hyperreality in Indonesia

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Abstract:

This paper examines the tension between the materiality of information and communications technologies and the hyperreality which they are thought to produce. The setting for our analysis is Indonesia, where the most recent innovations in communications technologies co-exist alongside ancient - but still functional - 'predecessor' devices. Building upon Benedict Anderson's work on late-colonial Indonesia and Chandra Mukerji's work on seventeenth-century French formal gardens, we examine how the national imaginaries specific to Suharto's New Order state are embedded in the materiality of the present.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1473578022000077214

Publication date: January 1, 2002

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