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East Sulawesi Province: The Politics of Transcending Boundaries

  • Riwanto Tirtosudarmo
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Abstract

This chapter is an account on local political dynamics in Central Sulawesi following the newly implemented decentralisation policy. The granted autonomy to the district level of government has resulted in the spitting of many regions into a number of new districts in Central Sulawesi, in which overlapping cultural identities, particularly ethnicity and religion, with the geographical space are common. These situations provide a good ammunition for the local elites to mobilise people to support the creation of new districts. As the number of new districts rapidly increased, the local elites began to think about creating a new province, splitting from the current Central Sulawesi province. The negotiating processes among the different political groupings are followed and assessed in this chapter. It is surprising that the consensus to create the new province that will be called as East Sulawesi province is conducted and organised not on the basis of any cultural identities. The consensus that is slowly built among the proponents of new province reflects the politics of transcending cultural boundaries that is a rather rare feature of post-Suharto’s politics.

Keywords

Decentralisation Identity politics Cultural boundaries New province Central Sulawesi 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Riwanto Tirtosudarmo
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  1. 1.Research Center for Society and CultureIndonesian Institute of SciencesJakartaIndonesia

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