UvA-DARE ( Digital Academic Repository ) Organized Violence and the State : Evolving Vigilantism in Indonesia

In this article I consider the rise of violent ormas—civil mass organizations—in Indonesian society. Using examples from Jakarta, East Kalimantan, and the Minahasa, I show that such groups deploy a discourse combining democracy, identity, and the willingness to use violence to mobilize local society against (real or perceived) threats to its well-being. I… CONTINUE READING