Popular discourse on identity politics and decentralisation in Tanjung Pinang public schools

Carole Faucher

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This paper explores the discrepancies between the official rhetoric on Malayness and the emerging discourse on national identity among the urban Malay (Melayu) youth of the Indonesian province Kepri. The population of the Riau Archipelago is multiethnic, with Malays as the majority and Kepulauan Riau represents an important historical centre for the whole Malay World. Because of this, local leaders have engaged this newly formed province in a series of attempts to revitalise a transnational ethnic awareness based on an inclusive Malay identity framework. However, most of the students I met during my recent fieldwork in Tanjung Pinang's public schools tend to reject most ideas of reinforcing the bridge with the Malays of neighbouring nations, and prefer to perceive themselves primarily as Indonesian. This should not come as a surprise. Since 1998, the popular culture scene has been largely influenced by reformasi movements all over Indonesia. For the Tanjung Pinang youth, urban Indonesia, represented especially by Jakarta, is synonymous with dynamism and democratisation, while Malaysia and Singapore are regarded as moralistic and patronising.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)273-285
Number of pages13
JournalAsia Pacific Viewpoint
Volume47
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2006
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Education
  • Indonesia
  • Malay identity
  • Nationalism
  • Riau Archipelago

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