A Portrait of State as a Schoolteacher: Discourse on Indonesian Indigenous Community in a Children Book

International documents call them ‘Indigenous People’, ‘Indigenous community’, or ‘Indigenous society’, in itself can be seen as a practice of exclusion (Mills 2004: 57), where powerful parties exclude or include other groups of people, with manufactured reasoning or characterization of the subjected groups. The Indonesian government applied this type of exclusion for their ‘indigenous community’ by using a straightforward term: masyarakat terasing, ‘isolated communities’. It is then followed by the construction of a set of characterization for these groups that underpin policies to impose official ideas, institutions, and lifestyles on them. Continue reading

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