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Indonesian Cinema after the New OrderGoing Mainstream$
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Thomas Barker

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9789888528073

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888528073.001.0001

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Indonesian Cinema after Authoritarianism

(p.1) Introduction
(p.iii) Indonesian Cinema after the New Order

Thomas Barker

Hong Kong University Press

The remarkable return of local filmmaking and the growth of its audience has been one of the success stories of reformasi, which marked Indonesia’s democratic transition after 1998. To account for these changes, this chapter argues for a reconceptualization of Indonesian cinema as pop culture responsive to the market. It considers the emergence of the youth market throughout the New Order and its maturation in the years after reformasi. By conceptualising the process of market engagement and commercialisation as going mainstream, this chapter argues for a new approach to the study of cinema by bridging film studies with cultural studies.

Keywords:   pop culture, youth culture, taste, mainstream, market

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