People mobility’s, shifting socio-economic landscape, global-regional political transformation, and rapid development of connectivity infrastructure have brought a dramatic change in the dynamics of social and political form in Indonesia. These changes, bring various communities to an intense interaction and contestation in many levels and thus expand and reconfigure their pre-existing social structure. On a different level, post-reformation Indonesia likewise shows how states orientation to development and policy represent a changing form of socio-political structure that enabling government, citizens and private sector to involve in a new political-economic participation (decentralization, regional autonomy, digital politics, gig economy, participatory development) that shows the emerging characteristic of a network within our society. This interconnection and as well contestation between different social groups and institutions is forming of what Castell described as a network society, in which each network connects each other forming a complex form of a social aggregate, re-question our conventional unit analyses uses in social science (family, kinship groups, ethnic group, social class, gender, urban/rural communities etc) both for applied and academic orientation of research. How Indonesian social and political sciences responds to this development? What kind of methodological and conceptual issues should be developed from this society’s transformation?
This sub-theme, in relation to the way socio-cultural sciences in Indonesia responds to the transformation above, aims to provide a hub for recent discussions and research about network societies from various research topics. In doing so, the event try to establish a common ground on a methodological and conceptual level in explaining the form of network society in Indonesia. The issues for discussing this common ground can include, but not limited to, family in flux, digital diaspora, changing form of clientele relationship in politics, social movement, the states intervention and participatory development, states and security issues, inter-cultural relationship, market and popular culture, trans-national religious movement, and environmental governance issues.
This panel organized by : Faculty of Social and Political Sciences