[Publication] Life Is Local in the Imagined Global Community
“… In grappling with multiple identities and multiple realities, the reality of everyday life is experienced as reality par excellence. Micro narratives that are closer to the everyday life experience are embraced more openly, resulting in the plurality of voices, allowing for differences, nuances, and even counter-hegemonic voices. The closer to home the issue resonates, the more conversations take place. Life is local, even in the global blogosphere.”
This paragraph is quoted from my newest publication, Lim, M (2012), Life Is Local in the Imagined Global Community: Islam and Politics in the Indonesian Blogosphere, Journal of Media and Religion, 11:127–140.
This is based on my previous research. The manuscript itself was submitted two years ago, but for some reasons fell into the crack (it was missing in the system). Fortunately, this year the Editor found it and put it into the right track. Despite being delayed, I do think the theorization and analysis remain valid and up-to-date.
The rapid expansion of the Internet, marked by a storm of blogs and social networking platforms, is perceived as an enabling instrument for Muslims to be engaged globally. In this regard, the blogosphere can be a vehicle for worldwide interactions and the formation of global Muslim community, the ummah. While this idea is enchanting, this article shows that such an idea needs judicious scrutiny. Using three prominent cases from Indonesia, this article tries to explore the ways in which Muslim bloggers in Indonesia use this new flexible form to be engaged in conversations that are related to Islam and to answer the following questions: How do the features of the blogosphere influence discussions on Islam related issues? Does the promise of a “global village” change the dynamics of Muslim communities in Indonesia? Does the blogosphere perpetuate a sense of ummah consciousness or does it reinforce nationalism? Does the blogosphere offer promising possibilities for new types of Muslim communities to emerge in the form of globalized community?
Those who have access to the journal through their libraries, please download from here: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/15348423.2012.706144
Otherwise, you can access this direct link (but only good for 49 downloads) http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/PbRdZSiDRbYBfRbBmg4U/full (if this doesn’t work, I can send the file through email).