Item description for Wars Within The Story of Tempo an Independent Magazine in Soehartos Indonesia by Janet Steele...
For the 23 years prior to its banning on June 21, 1994, Tempo magazine was Indonesia's most important news weekly, and its chief editor, Goenawan Mohamad, one of Indonesia's leading poets and intellectuals. Yet despite its influence, the history of Tempo magazine is not widely known. All aspects of Tempo's history, including its roots in the literary and cultural milieu of the 1960s, its economic organization and management, its internal culture and system of deciding what's news, and its strategies for survival within a repressive press system, provide a window into the political and cultural history of Indonesia's New Order.
Tempo occupied an ambiguous position in Indonesia's New Order, and Wars Within: The Story of Tempo, an Independent Magazine in Soeharto's Indonesia explores these contradictions and paradoxes. Clearly a product of the New Order, Tempo nevertheless presented independent points of view, often at considerable risk. Soeharto's government was never monolithic, and the story of how Tempo managed to survive 23 years of autocratic rule sheds light on the culture and politics of modern Indonesia. It also sheds light on broader questions concerning the role of the press in developing countries -- and on the kinds of negotiation that must go on for an essentially democratic institution to exist in an authoritarian space.
Written in a narrative style, Wars Within utilizes a variety of methods and sources, including participant observation, a content analysis of Tempo's National section, close reading of Tempo's coverage of key episodes including the 1984 incident at Tanjung Priok, previously unpublished archival materials, and over one hundred interviews with the magazine's founders, writers, and contributors. Wars Within is an ideal supplemental text in courses on Southeast Asian history, politics, and culture, as well as in courses on international communication and media studies.
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Studio: Equinox Publishing and Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISE
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.82" Width: 5.98" Height: 0.94" Weight: 1.32 lbs.
Release Date Jun 21, 2005
Publisher Equinox Publishing
ISBN 9793780088 ISBN13 9789793780085
Reviews - What do customers think about Wars Within The Story of Tempo an Independent Magazine in Soehartos Indonesia?
Wars Within Jan 4, 2006
This is a real page-turner, not just for its great narrative drive but also as a real education in all sorts of things, from morality to institutional politics to the poetics of journalistic writing--smart, insightful and well written.
thought provoking Aug 29, 2005
Set during one of the most important geopolitical situations of our time, this profound book identifies the depth of insanity of a man and the control of his regime but how one magazine emplemified that although physical structures can be torn down...the spirit can prevail. A true story that grassroots change is just as powerful as high-political movements.
Not only important for understanding Indonesia today but a typology for the region.
Insight into Indonesia Aug 29, 2005
This is a fascinating report on TEMPO, a Time-like magazine founded in Jakarta, Indonesia in 1971. The book, by an American journalism professor and historian who has spend considerable time in Jakarta, some as a Fulbright lecturer and researcher (she learned the difficult language to better understand her subject) reviews the key people and events behind an elite news magazine in a developing nation. Along with a number of other journals, TEMPO was closed down in mid-1994 by the Soeharto regime. Publication resumed four years later after the regime fell. Steele was able to closely observe the revived journal's editorial process--a very useful window to how the process works within a developing nation which is the world's largest Muslim country. This is thus an insightful study--and a well written one, at that--into a magazine as important for the four years it did not appear (and its journalists worked elsewhere) as for the years before and after when it did and does. Steel places TEMPO in the context of its place and time, as well as its readers--the movers and shakers within Indonesian society. Recommended!