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Author Leeuwen, Lizzy van.

Title Lost in Mall : An Ethnography of Middle-Class Jakarta in the 1990s / Lizzy van Leeuwen
Published Leiden : KITLV Press, 2011
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Description 1 online resource (x, 299 pages) : illustrations
Series Verhandelingen van het Koninklijk Instituut voor Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde ; 255
Verhandelingen van het Koninklijk Instituut voor Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde ; 255
Contents Bintarese cosmologies -- Scenes of suburban family life -- Bring boldoot!--mayhem, misery, and the middle class -- Celebrating civil society in the shopping malls -- Climate control, class and the nation -- Tear gas for Christmas
Summary "In the 1980s, sensational stories about an 'emerging new middle class' popped up simultaneously in the streets of Jakarta and at conferences of hopeful Indonesia watchers. Businesspeople and professionals had profited from President Suharto's rapid economic success, and were allegedly eager to not only to show off their new wealth, but to boost democratization processes as well. They and their families were the vanguard of a category of Jakartans who regarded themselves boldly as the 'normal, modern, educated middle class' of Indonesia--against the background of a profound and state-induced depoliticization. Apart from fostering a new consumer culture, the new middle class was at the root of the expansion of the conurbation Jabotabek, housing hundreds of thousands of newly arrived middle-class members. Meanwhile, a new and huge gap between rich and poor became conspicuously visible in Jakarta. During the 1990s, the increasing political instability of the New Order government and the Asian monetary crisis led to the dramatic resignation of President Suharto in May 1998. In this study, based on extensive anthropological fieldwork throughout the 1990s, this new middle class is examined as a socio-cultural phenomenon. Despite a global orientation and a taste for democracy, its members seemed to have internalized the New Order along with some lingering late-colonial notions as their guidelines for life. How 'new' was the new middle class anyway? Lifestyle and material culture practices in the suburb of Bintaro Raya--in public space as well as in the intimacy of living rooms--illustrate the everyday ambiguity of people who appear to be trapped in their imagined middle-classness: they were 'lost in mall'."--Publisher's description
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 275-290) and index
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Subject Middle class -- Indonesia -- Jakarta -- 20th century.
Jakarta (Indonesia) -- Economic conditions -- 20th century.
Jakarta (Indonesia) -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9004253440 (electronic bk.)
9789004253445 (electronic bk.)