Network Society and Trans-national Radicalism: Case Study on ISIS Support in Indonesia

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Since Arab Spring gobbled the Middle East region, Islam Trans-National Radicalism has flourished in Indonesia with the spirit of religious puritanism. This movement supports ISIS and has proclaimed themselves as an affiliate of Ansharul Khalifah in Irak and Syria. The presence of global injustice and inequality which are easily seen in television, internet network, and social media accumulates the rapid growth of this movement. The revolution in information technology and communication has finally formed trans-national network society. Using the approach of network society, Manuel Castells said that the changes in information technology have resulted in revolution in many aspects of life including idiology (religion). In the middle of homeless of personal identity in this era, the political identity and religious puritanism have become the pushing power to fight back the western domination in social, economical, political and cultural aspects of life. The birth of ISIS supporters in Indonesia is the society movement that resists the west world that performs the global injustice. Basically the ISIS label is only new identity based on fanaticism of the radical Islam group that has already existed in Indonesia.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)181-188
JournalInternational Review of Humanities Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017


  • Network society, Information technology, Global injustice, Identity revolution, Religious radicalism (Islam)


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