Lauren Zentz: Statehood, Scale and Hierarchy: History, Language and Identity in Indonesia
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This is a remarkable monograph. Zentz has managed to paint a picture of language life in contemporary multilingual Indonesia while showing us just how it in many ways reflects the ideological effects of historical events, some long past and others less so. Linking contested and shifting ideologies across multiple timelines, Zentz employs a cross-cutting presentational style, where interviews with young Indonesians are contrasted with policy data covering a variety of time periods.
the multiple planes – local, national and global will be the three most relevant in this book – on which people evaluate their and others’ behaviors. They...