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Asian Journal of Criminology

, Volume 9, Issue 2, pp 125–142 | Cite as

Indonesian Men's Contrasting Perceptions of How to Deal with Local Violence

  • Argyo Demartoto
  • Pam NilanEmail author
  • Alex Broom
  • John Germov
Article

Abstract

This paper reports on data from a 2009–2010 project on masculinity and violence, part of which was conducted in Indonesia. The data here come from semi-structured interviews with 86 men in five cities, with minor reference to survey findings. Using a Foucauldian interpretive framework, we focus primarily on how these Indonesian men view police intervention in comparison to resolving the problem of violence within their community through mediation. The issue here is that while community mediation approaches are regarded positively, at present, it only seems to be religious leaders who are trusted to resolve conflicts effectively through this approach. Suspicion of mediation interventions and other measures that are tied to the authority of the state means that the promise of service-oriented policing reforms may not be effectively implemented.

Keywords

Indonesia Police Local male violence Mediation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Argyo Demartoto
    • 1
  • Pam Nilan
    • 2
    Email author
  • Alex Broom
    • 3
  • John Germov
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversitas Sebelas MaretSoloIndonesia
  2. 2.School of Humanities and Social ScienceUniversity of NewcastleCallaghanAustralia
  3. 3.School of Social SciencesUniversity of QueenslandSt LuciaAustralia

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