Gerry van Klinken

Gerry van Klinken is senior researcher at KITLV, Leiden, the Netherlands. He edited In Search of Middle Indonesia: Middle Classes in Provincial Towns (with Ward Berenschot, Brill, 2014) and wrote The Making of Middle Indonesia: Middle Classes in Kupang town, 1930s-1980s (Brill, 2014). Both are available through open access download.

During the New Order period, the middle class was routinely depicted as small (less than 10 per cent of the population) and uninterested in democracy. According to Dr Gerry van Klinken, that picture now needs a serious overhaul. They are interested in democracy, he writes, and even more in decentralisation, and play a crucial role in holding the country together.