“Dance Drills, Faith Spills”: Islam, Body Politics, and Dangdut in Post-Suharto Indonesia
This chapter addresses the shifting ground of politics, religion, and media that occurred after the fall of Suharto's New Order regime in 1998. Within this context, the body of female dangdut singer/dancer Inul Daratista became a stage for a variety of cultural actors–from the most liberal to the most conservative–to try out or “rehearse” an emergent democracy in the post-Suharto “Reformasi” period of Indonesian history. The chapter maps out the social struggles played out over Inul's body and the ideological stakes, or “body politics,” that these struggles engendered. Inul's body articulates the forms of power relations that emerged in the post-Suharto era and the implications they have for discourses about Islam, pornography, women's bodies, state-civil relations in Indonesia, and changing forms of media.
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