Ethnicity and social relations in Indonesian television production houses

Maria Myutel

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    In Indonesia the industry producing the most popular commercial TV programmes, known as sinetron, is largely dominated by Indonesians of Indian (Sindhi) origin. This article examines social relations within the sinetron production houses and argues that between the 1990s and the early 2010s the distribution of symbolic and material capital depended on ethnicity, as it was imagined and constituted by two rather different cultural frameworks and historical experiences. One is based on the occupational distinction, rooted in the South Asian caste system, while the other can be traced back to ethnic classifications in colonial Indonesia
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)219-236
    JournalJournal of Southeast Asian Studies
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2017


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