THE CHINESE IDENTITY IN CONTEMPORARY INDONESIA: A RETURN TO STIGMATIZATION?

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THE CHINESE IDENTITY IN CONTEMPORARY INDONESIA: A RETURN TO STIGMATIZATION?

Type: Master thesis
Title: THE CHINESE IDENTITY IN CONTEMPORARY INDONESIA: A RETURN TO STIGMATIZATION?
Author: Binsbergen, Lennart Alexander Sebastian van
Issue Date: 2017-08-28
Keywords: Indonesia
chinese identity
media
stigmatization
discourse
Abstract: This thesis researches to what extent Indonesian online based media create a discourse that emphasize the Chinese-Christian identity of Basuki Thjahaja Purnama (Ahok) as a minority during the Jakarta gubernatorial elections of 2017. The thesis employs a qualitative discourse analysis method that researches online articles of news portals Tempo.co, Kompas, and The Jakarta Post. To understand discourse on the Chinese-Christian identity in its proper context, first is researched what the Chinese identity means within Indonesian society by taking a historical perspective. Secondly, this thesis explores the role of religion in modern Indonesian politics as well as the political and religious context of the 2017 Jakarta gubernatorial elections. News articles linked to Ahok’s blasphemy case, demonstrations against Ahok, and the elections are selected for analysis. In total 42 articles have been analyzed. The results show that there is difference in writing styles between English and Indonesian language based online news portals. Whereas the Indonesian language based news portals remain neutral to Ahok’s identity as Christian-Chinese by not referring to it, the English language based The Jakarta Post creates a narrative in which Ahok is emphasized as part of a Christian-Chinese minority.
Supervisor: Shidiq, Rizal
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: Asian Studies (60 EC) (Master)
Specialisation: The Politics, Society, and Economy of Asia
ECTS Credits: 15
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/52289
 

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