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Collective Violence in Indonesia

Ashutosh Varshney, editor
Collective Violence in Indonesia
ISBN: 978-1-58826-687-3
2009/195 pages/LC: 2009042176

"[This] volume makes at least three major contributions to the literature on collective violence. Each opens up new fields of enquiry and throws fresh light on fundamental problems that have long bedevilled scholarship."—Gerry van Klinken, South East Asia Research

"An excellent overview of the multitude of methodological and theoretical approaches to the sudden proliferation of ethno-religious violence during Indonesia's democratic transition.... Ashutosh Varshney is to be commended for enriching the discussion with a volume that no scholar of Indonesian affairs or theorist of communal conflict can afford to ignore."—Marcus Mietzner, Southeast Asian Studies

"Besides the usefulness for scholars on Indonesia, this book ... will also serve an as essential entry point for comparativists who might be seeking to place collective violence in Indonesia in a broader framework."—Jamie S. Davidson, Pacific Affairs


Since the end of Suharto's so-called New Order (1966-1998) in Indonesia and the eruption of vicious group violence, a number of questions have engaged the minds of scholars and other observers. How widespread is the group violence? What forms—ethnic, religious, economic—has it primarily taken? Have the clashes of the post-Suharto years been significantly more widespread, or worse, than those of the late New Order?

The authors of Collective Violence in Indonesia trenchantly address these questions, shedding new light on trends in the country and assessing how they compare with broad patterns identified in Asia and Africa.


Ashutosh Varshney is professor of political science at Brown University. His book Ethnic Conflict and Civic Life: Hindus and Muslims in India was awarded the Gregory Luebbert Prize of the American Political Science Association.


  • Analyzing Collective Violence in Indonesia: An Overview—A. Varshney.
  • Patterns of Collective Violence in Indonesia—A. Varshney, M.Z. Tadjoeddin, and R. Panggabean.
  • Local Conflict in Post-Suharto Indonesia: What Local Newspapers Tell Us—P. Barron and J. Sharpe.
  • Ethnic Conflicts in Indonesia: National Models, Critical Junctures, and the Timing of Violence—J. Bertrand.
  • Explaining Ethnic Violence in Indonesia: Demilitarizing Domestic Security—Y. Tajima.
  • Local and National: Lynch Mobs in Indonesia—B. Welsh.
  • Final Reflections: Looking Back, Moving Forward—P. Barron, S. Jaffrey, B. Palmer, and A. Varshney.