chapter  6
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A contested arena: civil society in post-Suharto Indonesia

Recent research has shown that there is no single definition of civil society that is accepted throughout all of Indonesia. In a study conducted to measure the degree of healthiness of civil society in Indonesia, only three out of six regions accepted the following definition proposed by CIVICUS:1 “Civil society is an arena, apart from the state and the market, where the members of society build groups and interact one with another to define, proclaim and promote their values, rights and interests.”2