Demography of Indonesia's Ethnicity

Demography of Indonesia's Ethnicity
Date of publication:  2015
Publisher:  Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
Number of pages:  384
Code:  BM510
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ISBN: 9789814519878
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Stuart Upton, Asian Studies Review, Vol. 41, No. 1, 2017, pp164 -165.

"Indonesia's diversity remains vital to the dynamics of politics and social change in the nation. The 2010 census provides much more accurate and comprehensive coverage of ethnic identity than earlier censuses. The authors re-examine this 2010 census material. Their improvements to its categorisation of ethnic groups show the nation's diversity with more clarity than the census itself. The result is a new analysis and application of the data. The book discusses each province's ethnic composition and the national distribution of the 15 largest ethnic groups, and gives a picture of how Indonesia's ethnic groups have changed between 2000 and 2010. The authors also consider religious practice and language use, contemporary changes and the connections with ethnic identity. 

Overall the book is an invaluable addition to the relatively few volumes looking at data on ethnicity in Indonesia. It delivers useful information on the distribution of major groups across the nation and on the population of each province. The book should aid anybody researching changes in provinces around ethnicity, language use or society in general. It is to be hoped that the Census Bureau will consider in their future work the new classification developed by the authors of Demography of Indonesia's Ethnicity

About the publication

Indonesia, the largest country in Southeast Asia, has as its national motto "Unity in Diversity." In 2010, Indonesia stood as the world's fourth most populous country after China, India and the United States, with 237.6 million people. This archipelagic country contributed 3.5 per cent to the world's population in the same year. The country's demographic and political transitions have resulted in an emerging need to better understand the ethnic composition of Indonesia.This book aims to contribute to that need. It is a demographic study on ethnicity, mostly relying on the tabulation provided by the BPS (Badan Pusat Statistik; Statistics-Indonesia) based on the complete data set of the 2010 population census. The information on ethnicity was collected for 236,728,379 individuals, a huge data set.The book has four objectives: To produce a new comprehensive classification of ethnic groups to better capture the rich diversity of ethnicity in Indonesia; to report on the ethnic composition in Indonesia and in each of the thirty three provinces using the new classification; to evaluate the dynamics of the fifteen largest ethnic groups in Indonesia during 2000-2010; and to examine the religions and languages of each of the fifteen largest ethnic groups.

The e-chapter, "1. Changing Indonesia: An Introduction",  is downloadable free of charge.


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