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7 “We are one Unit”: Configurations of Citizenship in a Historical Hindu-Muslim Balinese Setting

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The dominant public discourse in Bali discusses Hindu/Muslim relations mainly by addressing recent Muslim migrant workers as being a threat to the integrity of the Hindu Balinese culture and, therefore, the tourist economy. This attitude also translates into legal reforms undertaken within the framework of decentralization, democratization and regional autonomy, e.g. in the form of special taxes and registration procedures for non-Balinese residents.
Historically mixed Hindu/Muslim communities seem to be rather a blind spot and this chapter explores how a long-standing Hindu/Muslim community negotiates and practices its village life under these conditions. Taking the concepts of national and cultural citizenship as a starting point, it shows how the recent national and regional configurations are locally negotiated and reconfigured, and thereby analyses local constructions and practices of Balinese majority/minority relationships.



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