Sex and Sexualities in Contemporary Indonesia provides a much-needed survey of and update on Indonesian sexualities and sexual politics. The authors in this volume edited by Linda Rae Bennett and Sharyn Graham Davies approach the subject from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds; their chapters also have a wide geographic scope, covering cities across the archipelago (Jakarta, Surabaya, Yogyakarta, Denpasar, Medan, and Makassar) as well as the regions of West and Central Java, Bali, Lombok, and South Sulawesi. The book is the outcome of a two-day workshop held at the Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand. Four broad themes emerged from that discussion and are used to organize the volume's chapters: sexual politics, sexual health, sexual diversity, and sexual representations.

The book's chapters focus on the period that followed Indonesia's New Order (1966–98), known as reformasi or the era of democratic reform. This was a period during which political power...

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