Title: Cyber Taman Mini Indonesia Indah: Ethnicity and Imagi-Nation in Blogging Culture

Authors: Endah Triastuti and Inaya Rakhmani

Affiliation: University of Wollongong and Murdoch University, Australia

Abstract: Although the shift of paradigm in Post Authoritarian Indonesia has rearticulated the discourse of nationhood, the general notion that it is based on an imagined community remains an important consideration. Decades of ideological hegemony has been performed by the state through various socio-cultural constructions, embedding in the minds of its citizens the notion of a nation as a territorial space that undermines ethnicity in favor of the wholeness of 'Indonesia'. This paper studies the community within the cyberspace, namely Blogger Communities, to explore collective identities that are shared in the minds of its members to re-conceptualize Indonesian nationhood. As a result of decades of hegemonic state oppression, Blogger Communities practice an extended construction of this hegemonic national consciousness in the blogosphere. These communities perform both the role of social agency that goes beyond the virtual through conforming to the shaped territorial space in general and ethnicity in particular – forming a cyber Taman Mini Indonesia Indah.

Keywords: cyberspace, nationhood, identity, ethnicity, blogging culture.

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