Posted in: Society

What happened to social context in Indonesian films?

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Too many Indonesian films with Islamic themes present moral issues in a simplistic, black and white way that ignores the complexity of contemporary Indonesian society.

Talking Indonesia: digital literacy

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How do Indonesians negotiate issues of safety, security and ethics online? How well are they able to discern fact from fiction? Dr Annisa Beta chats to Dr Novi Kurnia in the latest episode of Talking Indonesia.

The limits of regional autonomy: Jember DPRD takes aim at popular district head

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The impeachment of Jember’s district head reveals constraints in the power of local heads lead policy, write CWI researchers Yolanda Pandjaitan and Roni.

Invisible citizens

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Many vulnerable community members lack formal or legal identity, write Associate Professor Linda Rae Bennett and Setiyani Marta Dewi, meaning that they cannot access government social assistance programs implemented in response to Covid-19.

Home schooling exacerbates inequalities. More options are needed for reopening schools

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More options are needed to safely open schools and address students’ diverse needs, write Arjuni Rahmi Barasa and Shintia Revina.

Media oligarchs fail to adapt, attack social media creators instead

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The effort of RCTI and iNews to challenge the Broadcasting Law should be seen for what it is, writes Wahyudi Akmaliah, a panicked move by oligarchic media that have not been able to adapt to a changing media environment.

What we talk about when we talk about Papua

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Racist abuse of Papuan students in Java sparked widespread protests in 2019. On the anniversary of the racist incident, Usman Hamid writes that the government needs to be prepared to have a more open conversation about Papua.

Child marriage surges amid Covid-19 and growing conservatism

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Economic downturn due to the pandemic is exacerbating drivers of child marriage, risking gender equality and children’s rights, writes Laras Susanti.

Isolation blues: a legislative failure at the heart of Indonesia’s national ideology

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Nadirsyah Hosen and Jeremy J Kingsley look at the debate over the Pancasila guidelines bill and argue that one of Pancasila's main strengths is its ambiguity.

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