Gunawan Lestari Elake, Ferdiansyah R, Adi Inggit Handoko


This study aims to understand the revival of the Palembang Darussalam Sultanate in the era of local autonomy. This study uses two theoretical frameworks: (a) political opportunity and (b) cultural production theory. The research method is a qualitative method with a case study approach. The data collection techniques are document analysis and interviews. This study shows that the revival of Palembang Darussalam Sultanate is a consequence of a political opportunity structure facilitated by decentralization and local autonomy, allowing space for the emergence of adat issues in local politics as well as cultural contestation between adat actors. The Sultanate then uses this political openness to strengthen and expand its influence and legitimacy by using its various forms of capital in several fields, namely (a) enhancing the identity of the Sultanate through religious symbols and practices, politics and public policy, and culture at the local level; (b) actively involved in the social networks of kings and sultans at the national level in promoting adat and traditions, and; (c) building good relations with the sultans and other community leaders in Southeast Asia.


The Revival of Adat, Local Autonomy, Political Opportunity, Cultural Production & The Palembang Darussalam Sultanate

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