IJIS 3: 2016

International Journal of Indonesian Studies

Issue 3: Spring 2016

IJIS 3 presents an engagingly diverse range of papers and essays in a wide range of unique fields of scholarship in contemporary Indonesian studies. In this issue, we have encouraged publication of a number of collaborative papers between Indonesian and non-Indonesian scholars. As well, there are several excellent essays by non-Indonesian scholars that successfully complement the essays and papers by the Indonesian scholars to whom  IJIS is devoted.

Perempuan-perempuan Surokonto Wetan

(The Women of Surokonto Wetan)

Artist: Dewi Candraningrum

IJIS 3 presents research papers from the fields of linguistics, anthropology, legal studies, education, journalism and neo-natal health studies. The essays cover the work of revered poet W.S Rendra, the socio-political and historical conditions underlying the emergence of English teaching in Indonesia, the second part of an examination of Wahid’s FIQH paradigm, and a critical discussion of the influence of Walter Benjamin on Benedict Anderson’s influential treatise on nationalism that has had substantial impact on Indonesian discourses.

Once again, the Editors thank all of our contributors and the reviewers, especially:

Nasya Bahfen

Made Hery Santosa

Ribut Wahyudi

Richard Curtis

David Mitchell

Graeme MacRae

Read the complete journal (continuous papers): International Journal of Indonesian Studies Spring 2016 (PDF) or E-magazine format version.

From the Editor - Yacinta Kurniasih

Research articles

Religious ceremonies in Balinese society: a case study of a cremation ritual in Tabanan Anom Rajendra & Nicholas Temple

Reinventing tabloid journalism in Indonesia (Originally published in the Jurnal Ilmu Komunikasi (JIK). Re-published in English in IJIS with the kind permission of JIK’s Editors.)

Diyah Hayu Rahmitasari
Code-switching and English language variations among Indonesian Facebookers Billy Nathan Setiawan
Structuralism in Eastern Indonesia: an origin for a theory in the Social Sciences Yancey Orr & Raymond I. Orr
“Au ume ma au ena”: my house and my mother: An investigation of environmental health and the traditional use of the ume kbubu in relation to maternal and neonatal mortality conditions in South Central Timor Nicholas Metherall, Jauhari Effendi, Geoff Dews, Sandra Frans, Willhelmus Mella, Jimmy Pello, Claudya Dhaja, Ananias Besh
Living adat law, Indigenous peoples and the State law: a complex map of legal pluralism in IndonesiaMirza Satria Buana
The impact of information communication and technology on students’ academic performance: evidence from Indonesian EFL classrooms Arzal


Poetic reaction to political excess: W.S. Rendra, Peacock and People’s Poet Moira Neagle 
The socio-political factors of the emergence of teaching English in postcolonial Indonesia Dewi Candraningrum
The FIQH Paradigm and the Moderate Theory of Secularization: Abdurrahman Wahid on Islam, Democracy and the Republic of Indonesia Safeur Rochmat
The influence of Walter Benjamin on Benedict Anderson Anthony Taylor


To cite material from IJIS 3, we recommend the citation refer to the complete Journal’s pagination and be taken from this source:


Eg. According to Rajendra and Temple (2016), “[a] cremation in Balinese language is called “pelebon” or “ngaben” (pelebon=cremation, ngaben=great effort)” (p. 6).

Rajendra, A. and Temple, N. (2016). Religious Ceremonies in Balinese Society: A Case Study of a Cremation Ritual in Tabanan, International Journal of Indonesian Studies 1(3), 5-22.