‘Don't worry, clinton is Megawati's brother': The Mass Media, Rumours, Economic Structural Transformation and Delegitimization of Suharto's New Order

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Abstract

This study explores the political significance of rumours — as public resistance to a repressive authoritarian communication structure — in the changing structure of the global economy, which is characterized by a high degree of capital mobility and an increasing separation of the entire financial sector from underlying, real economic activity. This study proposes that rumours — within a specific time period — may gain political significance in contributing to the delegitimization of a ruling regime. In Indonesia's case, rumours played a part at a specific historical juncture of the development of global capitalism — into which Indonesia became integrated in the 1970s — where human agencies' perceptions, fear, greed and sudden changes of heart are fundamental for capital mobility and the ruling regime's structural stability or change.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157-181
Number of pages25
JournalGazette
Volume64
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2002

Keywords

  • delegitimization
  • Indonesia
  • New Order
  • political power
  • subversive role of rumours

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