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Reterritorialization in the Micromediascape: Indonesian Regional Television amid the Rise of Normative Media-Islam
Visual Anthropology Review
  • Gareth Barkin, University of Puget Sound
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
5-1-2013
Department
Sociology & Anthropology
Abstract
In Indonesia, national broadcasting in the 21st century has been characterized by increasing Muslim normativity across the spectrum of commercial programming, along with sectarian clashes that have further marginalized religious minorities. This article investigates the case of a small, regional television station in one of the country's Christian-majority provinces to explore the ways that such minorities have exploited a relaxation of broadcast regulations to form distinctive and insular micromediascapes within the larger field of Indonesian media culture. I suggest the need for a more graduated articulation of Arjun Appadurai's “mediascape” concept that foregrounds the import of local, small-scale production and broadcasting, particularly to marginalized groups. Based on an ethnographic study in Manado, North Sulawesi, I argue that local TV has risen to the foreground of the province's public culture in a manner that mobilizes its religious, ethnic, and historical identity narratives to reterritorialize audiences and reify the region's distinction from the state.
ISSN
1058-7187
Citation Information
“Reterritorialization in the Micromediascape: Indonesian Regional Television amid the Rise of Normative Media-Islam.” Visual Anthropology Review, v.29, no.1, May 2013.