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The Women's Movement In Postcolonial Indonesia

RRP $317.99

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This book examines women's activism in the early years of independent Indonesia when new attitudes to gender, nationalism, citizenship, and democratization were forming. It questions the meaning of democratization for women and their relationship to national sovereignty within the new Indonesian state. Amongst other things, this work discusses women's organizations and their activities; women's social and economic roles; and the different cultural, regional and ethnic attitudes towards women. As a detailed account of women's activism in a new democratic state, this book shows the failure of such political change to fully address women's gender interests and needs. Ongoing nationalist struggle and the contested relationship between women and nationalism provide part of the answer. Furthermore, the author argues that both the role of nationalism in defining gender identity and the role of gender in defining national identity need equal recognition.


Indonesian

RRP $503.99

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This grammar is a complete reference guide to the language of Indonesia as used by native speakers.

The book is organised to promote a thorough understanding of Indonesian grammar. It presents the complexities of Indonesian in a concise and readable form. An extensive index, cross-referencing and a generous use of headings will provide readers with immediate access to the information they require.

Key features:

  • to aid clarity, all word groups and structures discussed are illustrated by natural examples of frequently used words and expressions
  • each section can be read independently, enabling the reader to focus on a specific aspect of the language, if required
  • all major structures of Indonesian, from words to complex sentences are described in detail
  • common grammatical terms used are all clearly defined in an extensive glossary.

By providing a comprehensive description of Indonesian in a clear and non-technical manner, this grammar makes an ideal reference source for all users of the language, whether in colleges, universities or adult education classes of all types.

James Neil Sneddon was Associate Professor in the Faculty of Asian and International Studies at Griffith University, with long experience teaching Indonesian language and linguistics. He is also author ofUnderstanding Indonesian Grammar.

Alexander Adelaar is Principal Fellow in the Asia Institute at the University of Melbourne. He is author of a number of books on Austronesian linguistics.

Dwi Noverini Djenar lectures in the Department of Indonesian Studies at the University of Sydney. She is author ofSemantic, Pragmatic and Discourse Perspectives of Preposition Use: A study of Indonesian locatives.

Michael C Ewing is a senior lecturer in Indonesian Studies at the Asia Institute at the University of Melbourne. He is author ofGrammar and Inference in Conversation: Identifying clause structure in spoken Javanese.


The Idea Of Indonesia

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Indonesia the nation-state is a miraculous and unlikely construction. At first sight, the material for national unity could not be more unpromising; its history is marred by deep and often bloody internal disputation based on ideology, ethnicity, religion, and region. Yet Indonesia, as concept and as nation-state, endures and is, perhaps, beginning once again to thrive. R. E. Elson, one of the leading figures in the field, seeks to discover the origins of the idea of Indonesia in the mid-nineteenth century and explores its often vexed and troubled trajectory through to the present time. He examines why Indonesia exists, against the odds, as a nation-state, and in what different forms it has existed, seeking to explain the nation's character as it has struggled for unity and purpose. The analysis provides a chronological narrative which examines Indonesian politics, its political elites and their relationship with the Indonesian people.



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