Gendered citizens in the new Indonesian democracy
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This is an electronic version of an article published in Sen, Krishna (2002) Gendered citizens in the Indonesian democracy, Review of Indonesian and Malaysian Affairs 36(1):51-56 by the Association for the Publication of Indonesian and Malaysian Studies.
This article was written prior to Megawati's rise to the presidency. It was primarily a polemical response to the widespread reporting in Indonesian media of the Islamic rejection of the prospect of a woman president. The polemical ground has shifted, but the questions raised are abiding ones: does the establishment of electoral democracy change the gendered relations of power in Indonesia? Will democracy give women a greater political say than they had under Suharto's military dominated authoritarian regime?
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