IDENTITY AND PLEASURE: The Politics of Indonesian
Screen Culture critically examines what media and screen culture
reveal about the ways urban-based Indonesians attempted to redefine
their identity in the first decade of this century. Through a richly
nuanced analysis of expressions and representations found in screen
culture (cinema, television and social media), it analyses the waves of
energy and optimism, and the disillusionment, disorientation and
despair, that arose in the power vacuum that followed the dramatic
collapse of the militaristic New Order government.
While in-depth analyses of identity and political
contestation within the nation are the focus of the book, trans-national
engagements and global dimensions are a significant part of the story in
each chapter. The author focuses on contemporary cultural politics in
Indonesia, but each chapter contextualizes current circumstances by
setting them within a broader historical perspective.