Research report 2011 - Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology

Legal Pluralism as Fight for Culture

Benda-Beckmann, Franz von; Benda-Beckmann, Keebet von
Projektgruppe Rechtspluralismus
Max-Planck-Institut für ethnologische Forschung, Halle (Saale)
After the fall of the Suharto regime in 1998 in West Sumatra the political freedom led to a threefold and contradictory revitalisation process of legal, political and ideological principles of social order: democratic principles, the role of Islam in public space, and a wider recognition of tradition (adat) based rights in the local government and natural resource management. This has led to discussions over the „true“ Minangkabau ethnic identity and culture that is a struggle over the new balance between the co-existing legal orders of state law, Islamic law and adat law.

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