Hegemony and national identity in Indonesia
Leggett, William H.
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This thesis explores processes of national identity formation within the borders of Indonesia. Through an examination of education, tourist promotion, and ethnographic information this paper considers the cultural and political content of a consciously promoted national identity. The goal of this paper is to better understand how effectively this national identity is distributed to the people of Indonesia and interpreted at the local level of society. I argue that a state-promoted hegemony of national identity is successful due to the vast mechanics of its distribution. This distribution, due to its impersonality and relative unidimensionality, successfully permeates all regions of the Indonesian archipelago.