Book Review “Politics Middle Class Muslim Indonesia” by Wasisto Raharjo Jati has been held on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 13:00 to 16:00 in the East Seminar room Fisipol UGM. The book was moderated by Ulya Jamson as a researcher for Polgov (Research Center for Politics and Government) and Hasrul Hanif, a lecturer of the Department of Politics and Government, as a material discussant.
The book review, which was attended by about 110 participants, discussed about the problems faced by Muslim groups in the era of political power in Indonesia and its implications in class division from period to period. Anxiety over the current middle class condition makes Wasisto wants to create an agenda for socio-political change, especially at the level of Muslim middle class.
As a graduate of the Department of Politics and Government (DPP) Fisipol UGM, Wasisto presented data and analyzed the classes using various political approaches. The difference of the era in the Muslim middle class in Indonesia makes the approaches used are different. Wasisto tries to look at the issue of difference according to political and sociological point of view.
According to Hasrul Hanif, the focus of the book discussion “Indonesian Muslim Middle Class Politics” is about culture. How cultural, ideological, and local characteristics influence the segmentation of social classes in Indonesia. In addition, the strength of Islamic group relations that have resources and capital with the state authorities.
The book “Politics of Indonesian Muslim Middle Class” by Wasisto Raharjo Jati can increase public awareness, especially the young generation, to be more sensitive to the changes of the times. For students of the Department of Politics and Government, this book can be used as a reference for deepening historical methodology. (Tasia)