Managing Accusations of Racism: A Discursive Psychology Analysis of Discussions on Yogyakarta’s Land Ownership Instruction in Facebook

Ikram Mubarak, Mahyuni Mahyuni, Kamaludin Yusra


This study examines the management of accusations of racism in online discussions on the enactment of Yogyakarta’s land ownership instruction, banning non-indigenous Indonesians from the rights to own land in this province. A discursive psychology is applied to analyze a wide range of data collected from Facebook. The data have been obtained over a six-month period between February and July in 2018, where Facebook users had massive talks on this particular topic due to the court's dismissal of the lawsuit carried to repeal the instruction in question. The analysis reveals that Facebook users manage their accusations of racism by avoiding any explicit reference to racism, refraining from making direct accusations of racism, and making direct accusations of racism. 


Accusations of Racism; Discursive Psychology; Yogyakarta’s Land Ownership Instruction; Facebook

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