Posts with tag: Religion

Best of 2020

Indonesia at Melbourne will again be taking a break over the Christmas and New Year period. Here we list the most popular articles and podcast episodes, plus a few of our favourites, from 2020. We look forward to seeing you again when we return in January.

Healers, shamans and black magic: the complicated picture of mental health treatment in Indonesia

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Understanding the cultural baggage of mental health is essential to creating strategic policy on the issue and ensuring that sufferers receive effective and timely treatment, writes PPH Atma Jaya researcher Devika.

The thinking behind the man called Munir

On the 16th anniversary of human rights defender Munir Said Thalib's murder, Usman Hamid reflects on the values that motivated his actions.

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.

The anti-sexual violence bill: a clash of values or politics?

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A draft bill on the elimination of sexual violence has become a battleground for pro-democracy movements against rising religious conservatism, write Anna Margret and Yolanda Pandjaitan.

How economic conditions affected voting in the 2014 election

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With the 2019 elections fast approaching, Dr Teguh Dartanto presents results from a recent research paper suggesting that in the 2014 Presidential Election, voters in villages with good economic conditions were more likely to vote for Joko "Jokowi" Widodo.

Talking Indonesia: online feminism

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How has digital media created spaces for a diversity of views on issues important to Indonesian women, including sexuality and religion? What does an Indonesian ‘feminist’ publication look like? In Talking Indonesia this week, Dr Jemma Purdey explores these issues and more with Devi Asmarani, chief editor of online magazine Magdalene.

Why is there no serious opposition to Trump in Indonesia?

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President Donald Trump has taken anti-Muslim prejudice to new levels in the United States. But opposition to Trump in Muslim-majority Indonesia has been strangely muted, especially compared to the criticism directed at his Republican predecessor, George W. Bush. Andrew Mantong explores the reasons why.

Will religion influence voters’ choices in the Jakarta election?

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Following the massive rallies against Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama over alleged blasphemy, one might assume that religion was the most important factor influencing the intended voting behaviour of Jakarta residents. But a study conducted by Nathanael Gratias Sumaktoyo demonstrates that it is not as dominant as the recent rallies suggest.

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