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The Barbarism of the Masses

The Barbarism of the Masses

by: Okky Madasari 

Spanish philosopher, Jose Ortega Gassett, in his seminal work Revolt of the Masses (1930) since the very beginning has raised awareness on and criticism against the power…

How Men Think

How Men Think

By: Okky Madasari

Through Ideology and Utopia (1929), considered as one of the most influential introduction to sociology of knowledge, Hungarian sociologist Karl Mannheim investigates how men think and how…

How Orientalism Works

How Orientalism Works

By: Okky Madasari

Since Edward Said published his seminal work entitled Orientalism in 1978, the word “orientalism” has become a buzz, giving a key foundation to post-colonial studies to always question…

Questions of Power and Language

Questions of Power and Language

By: Okky Madasari

It is really not easy to understand Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak’s writings regardless of her brilliant ideas and influences – yet most of us seem to just pretend…

Understanding the Birth of Foucault’s Theories

Understanding the Birth of Foucault’s Theories

By: Okky Madasari

What do I feel when closely reread Michel Foucault’s works, seven years after I first read his books in an attempt to finish my own thesis for…

Fanon and the Origin of Inferiority Complex

Fanon and the Origin of Inferiority Complex

By:  Okky Madasari

“Hate is not inborn; it has to be constantly cultivated, to be brought into being, in conflict with more or less recognized guilt complexes. Hate demands existence…

Silencing and Fake Alternatives in Construction of Indonesian Literature

by: Okky Madasari

This paper examines how the early history of modern Indonesian literature has been constructed in line with the colonial’s and authoritarian government’s perspectives and interests by silencing…

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