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Contesting Indonesia Seminar Series: The 2009 Indonesian Election: Labour’s (Dis)identification from Party Politics

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Synopsis:

Almost ten years after the fall of Soeharto, Indonesian labour shows little potential for developing into a more politicised and organised movement, let alone a class instrument. Despite the current proliferation of trade unions and labour organisations, which enjoy bargaining power on a scale unthinkable under the New Order, the level of politicisation of industrial workers and their engagement in organised politics remains low. This seminar discusses the division of both interests and aspirations between different groups of workers and contrasts them with the experience of a previous generation of industrial workers associated with labour activism in the 1990s. It suggests that the exposure of contemporary workers to modernity and a globalised popular discourse, together with improved living conditions, have affected their capacity to adopt a more politicised role, and amplified their disassociation with party politics and the forging of a stronger labour movement. This has occurred at the same time that political forces have displayed a distinct unwillingness to connect their ideologies and discourses towards the interests of workers.

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Speaker(s):

Nicolaas Warouw, Department of Anthropology, Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), Yogyakarta

Date:
Thursday, 12 March 2009
Time:
12.15 p.m. - 1.30 p.m.
Venue:

Seminar Room 3-1
Level 3, Manasseh Meyer
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
469C Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 259772

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