Allen, PM, Challenging Diversity?: Indonesia's Anti-Pornography Bill, Asian Studies Review, 31, (2) pp. 101-115. ISSN 1035-7823 (2007) [Refereed Article]
Copyright 2007 Asian Studies Association of Australia.
By the time this article goes to press, Indonesia’s Anti-Pornography Bill [Rancangan Undang-Undang Antipornografi dan Pornoaksi, known in Indonesia as RUU APP] may well have become law. My discussion here, however, goes beyond the details of the various versions of the Bill to its wider symbolism. I argue that the rhetoric both for and against the Bill is symbolic of a deep concern about the future of the nation. The stated articles and clauses of the Bill are of less concern to most Indonesians than what is "unstated" in it. For many, the "unstated" is the influence that a growing Islamic conservatism can wield on those in power. Indonesia may have the largest Muslim population in the world but resistance to this Bill sends a message that there is widespread alarm in the country at the prospect of a religious hegemony in which Islam not only sets moral standards but also drives state policy.
|Item Type:||Refereed Article|
|Keywords:||Indonesia, pornography, Anti-Pornography Bill, moral standards|
|Research Division:||Studies in Human Society|
|Research Group:||Other Studies in Human Society|
|Research Field:||Gender Specific Studies|
|Objective Division:||Law, Politics and Community Services|
|Objective Group:||Government and Politics|
|Objective Field:||Political Systems|
|Author:||Allen, PM (Associate Professor Pamela Allen)|
|Deposited By:||Asian Languages and Studies|
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