On the Brink of Post-Democracy: Indonesia’s Identity Politics in the Post-Truth Era

Review article
https://doi.org/10.20901/pm.58.2.06

Made Yaya Sawitri   ORCID icon orcid.org/0000-0001-8637-8415 ; Faculty of Social and Political Science, Warmadewa University
I Nyoman Wiratmaja ; Faculty of Social and Political Science, Warmadewa University

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Abstracts
As a country with a diversity of languages, religions, ethnicities and cultures,‎ Indonesia is particularly vulnerable to the hostile play of identity politics. Lies‎ produced during the Post-Truth period exploit many emotional sentiments and‎ provoke interest groups to act based on primordial impulses that support certain‎ political interests. The negative turbulence related to identity politics due‎ to the chaotic circulation of hoaxes and misinformation is feared to lead to‎ a Post-Democratic situation. Taking the case study of the two most influential‎ elections in Indonesia: the 2017 Jakarta provincial election and the 2019‎ presidential election, this paper will explore how the Post-Truth phenomenon‎ incorporates the issue of identity politics to generate a Post-Democratic situation‎ in Indonesia. Secondary data analysis from the news and social media‎ will be employed to further explain how identity politics is distorted in the‎ media, and how it can generate social and political turbulence.‎

Keywords
Post-Truth; Identity Politics; Post-Democracy; Indonesia

Hrčak ID: 257173

URI
https://hrcak.srce.hr/257173