, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp 51-68
Date: 04 Jun 2010

Anomie and Violence in Indonesia and Timor-Leste, 1997–2009

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Abstract

The Indonesian social system began to disintegrate in 1997. In the aftermath of social collapse, many forms of state crime, organized crime, terrorism, ethnic violence, religious violence, assassinations and other political violence escalated. An anomie theory interpretation is offered of this rise and the subsequent fall of a complex of serious crime problems. Security sector reintegration, reintegration of perpetrators and reconciliation (without truth) played important parts in enabling the rebuilding of institutions of security.

Paper presented at the Inaugural Asian Criminological Society Conference, University of Macau, 17–20 December 2009.