Memory Culture of the Anti-Leftist Violence in Indonesia: Embedded Remembering

by Grace Tjandra Leksana
Heritage and Memory Studies
Amsterdam University Press, 2023
Cloth: 978-94-6372-356-5, eISBN: 978-90-485-5452-2

This book examines how community remembers one of the most gruesome acts of violence in the 20th century: the anti-communist violence in 1965 in Indonesia. Through a case study in a rural district in East Java, this research presents complexities of memory culture of violence. These memories are not exclusively determined by the state’s repressive memory project, but are actually embedded in intricate social relations and local context where the violence occurred. What people remember, forget, or silenced is part of the continuous negotiation to claim one’s right, to relate to the state, and to be Indonesian citizen. This book redefines the politics of memory – that it does not necessarily appear in formal arenas, but actually lies in the intricate web of local dynamics, often involving transactional and clientelistic practices.

Grace Leksana obtained her doctoral degree from Leiden University. She is currently an assistant professor in the History Department at Universitas Negeri Malang, researching collective memory, state violence, oral history, rural and agrarian studies, and decolonization. She is a member of the Indonesian Institute of Social History (Institut Sejarah Sosial Indonesia).

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