The Formation and Persistence of the Indonesian National Community
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The Indonesian nation state was at the beginning an artificial creation but ultimately it appeared to be quite genuine and durable. The main aim of this article is to analyze how was it possible to create and retain an Indonesian national community. There are four main factors which have contributed to the establishment of the Indonesian nation and its national identity and today are still responsible for their maintenance: nationalism and national discourse, the modern nation-state, religion and the performance of nation in everyday practices. An investigation of these factors may shed some light in response to the question about the persistence of the national community in Indonesia.
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