Rural Political culture from East Java in 2014

Event details

PSC Seminar

Date & time

Tuesday 03 December 2013


PSC Reading Room, Hedley Bull Centre (130), corner of Garran Road and Liversidge Street, ANU
ANU Canberra


Colum Graham


Allison Ley
+61 2 612 53097

In Southeast Asia, candidates for national leadership have been very concerned with the power of rural voters. Perhaps the most prominent contemporary example is Thaksin Shinawatra. His relationship with rural people has altered Thailand's political landscape. In Indonesia the power of rural society is being similarly cultivated by an aspirant for national leadership. Yet there have been few recent studies of Indonesia's rural political culture.

Many studies of Indonesia reduce rural people to having lives of victimhood. This view neglects the agency of members of the rural lower classes. Using an everyday politics framework, my research will attempt to address the meanings of politics for rural people from Bojonegoro, East Java in 2014.

My research will help define rural political culture in Bojonegoro through an exploration of rural people's relationships with various institutions. I hypothesise that persistence can be assertively negotiated for by rural people when it is safe to do so. By adopting an ethnography from below methodological approach, this study aims to describe rural people in the midst of Indonesia's democratic progression.

About the Speaker - Colum Graham completed both an honours degree in International Relations, and a Masters degree in Environmental Management and Development at the Australian National University. He commenced his doctoral studies at the Department of Political and Social Change at the Australian National University in February 2013. He is also a Research Officer at the Development Policy Centre at the Crawford School of Public Policy. Previously he has been an English teacher in South Korea, and interned at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation in Thailand.  

Details of forthcoming and recent PSC seminars, workshops and conferences can be found


Updated:  18 May 2022/Responsible Officer:  Bell School Marketing Team/Page Contact:  CAP Web Team