Since Indonesia’s independence the creation of a national identity has been a cornerstone of the national government. In this paper the existence of ‘Unity in Diversity’, as the national motto propagates, across the archipelago is questioned. The national situation is contrasted with the situation in Jakarta in order to identify the power that makes that ‘Unity in Diversity’ is present in the metropole. By examining Jakarta in terms of functions and social interactions through the daily life of its citizens, using Deleuze and Guattari’s concept of the rhizome, the unifying concept in Jakarta’s urban structure is identified. Subsequently, ‘Unity in Possibility’ is proposed as the explaining factor in the functioning of the city. Contrasted with the national situation, the lack of opportunity to participate in this ‘Unity in Possibility’ in the outlying regions of the archipelago, a re-evaluation of the word diversity in the national motto is suggested as step forward in acknowledging the role of ‘doing things differently’ in the process to reach unity in Indonesia.
|Effective start/end date||2019/08/01 → 2020/07/31|
- development theory
- national identity
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