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The Efficacy of “Dangerous” Knowledge: “Children of Victims” in Indonesia After 1965

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The Indonesian Genocide of 1965

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The issue of societal and individual knowledge of the 1965 violence is often presented as if the only possibilities are two extremes of knowledge: either a totalizing silence, or a comprehensive revelation. This chapter focuses upon a group whose experiences fall in between these two possibilities: the children and grandchildren of individuals imprisoned or killed in the 1965 violence. The knowledge possessed by these children has been presented by Indonesians of various ideological persuasions as being enormously consequential, representing both the possibility of clarity and reconciliation, and a potential source of dangerous “vengeance”. Drawing upon fieldwork research in Central Java, Conroe examines how these younger generations have claimed moral and representational authority that can operate independently of the specific (assumed) content of their knowledge.

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Conroe, A. (2018). The Efficacy of “Dangerous” Knowledge: “Children of Victims” in Indonesia After 1965. In: McGregor, K., Melvin, J., Pohlman, A. (eds) The Indonesian Genocide of 1965. Palgrave Studies in the History of Genocide. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-71455-4_10

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