The Newsletter 52 Winter 2009

Local party procedures: field notes from Malang

Ulla Fionna

Having decided to focus her PhD on Indonesian political parties at the grassroots, Ulla Fionna knew that fieldwork would be challenging. Her perceptions, based on parties from the New Order era, were that local branches usually disappeared after the party rallies and elections had taken place. Fionna had concerns about gaining contact and cooperation from party members, but decided to adopt an optimistic approach. Her notes offer useful insights to anyone about to embark on fieldwork and are sure to evoke memories of similar experiences in many others.

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