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By John Braithwaite, Valerie Braithwaite, Michael Cookson, Leah Dunn

Indonesia suffered an explosion of spiritual violence, ethnic violence, separatist violence, terrorism, and violence by way of felony gangs, the protection forces and militias within the past due Nineteen Nineties and early 2000s. by way of 2002 Indonesia had the worst terrorism challenge of any kingdom. most of these sorts of violence have now fallen dramatically. How was once this entire? What drove the increase and the autumn of violence? Anomie thought is deployed to provide an explanation for those advancements. surprising institutional swap on the time of the Asian monetary problem and the autumn of President Suharto intended the principles of the sport have been up for grabs. Valerie Braithwaite’s motivational postures idea is used to give an explanation for the gaming of the foundations and the disengagement from authority that happened in that period. eventually resistance to Suharto laid a starting place for dedication to a revised, extra democratic, institutional order. The peacebuilding that happened used to be now not according to the high-integrity truth-seeking and reconciliation that was once the normative choice of those authors. relatively it used to be in accordance with non-truth, occasionally lies, and but gigantic reconciliation. This poses a problem to restorative justice theories of peacebuilding.

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Gerry van Klinken (2007) has made a particularly important contribution to understanding why some parts of Indonesia have suffered more conflict 28 1. Healing a fractured transition to democracy than others about the turn of the millennium. This contribution is framed in opportunity theory terms here. Van Klinken aptly characterises a number of the conflicts discussed in this volume as ‘small-town wars’. He focuses on the decentralisation reforms legislated in 1999 in Indonesia that subsequently shifted control to the local level of many formerly centrally controlled resources.

1998; Hegre et al. 2001; Gurr 2000; Marshall and Gurr 2003:19–20; Fearon and Laitin 2003; Mansfield and Snyder 2007). In a case such as the initial outbreak of Kao grievances against the Makians in North Maluku (Chapter 3), the state was ‘neither democratic enough to reduce grievances by allowing greater participation nor autocratic enough to be able to suppress opposition during the early stages of rebellion’ (Doyle and Sambanis 2006:35). Indonesia also fits de Tocqueville’s (1955:182) hypothesis that ‘[u]sually the most dangerous time for a bad government is when it attempts to reform itself’ (see also Huntington 1991).

Healing a fractured transition to democracy In some of our cases (Maluku, North Maluku, Central Sulawesi and to a lesser extent Aceh),13 though not in others (Papua, West Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan), anomie was mediated by a security dilemma. The valued goal at issue for village leaders was security for the village. The legitimate means to that goal was calling in protection from the security forces. Unfortunately, in a case such as Maluku, it was often the security forces that did most of the killing.

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