Universitas Indonesia Conferences, 7th International Symposium of Journal Antropologi Indonesia

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LISMA: Forming Political Bonds Through Social Media Among Muslim Women in Yogyakarta
Ach. Fatayillah Mursyidi

Building: Soegondo Building
Room: 126
Date: 2019-07-24 03:00 PM – 04:30 PM
Last modified: 2019-06-25


LISMA (Lingkar Studi Mahasiswi Muslim) Peduli Negeri is a faith-based, tech-savvy women only community in Yogyakarta. As membership is limited to Muslim women only, their regular events are also designed exclusively for that group. However, instead of restricting the topics of their agenda to women’s and religious affairs, they mostly discuss general and up-to-date issues which are also available to the broader publics, such as those related to current political developments, or national history. Social media has a very significant role, both in advertising their agendas and recruiting new members. Most members and participants in fact have gained the information about LISMA from the internet.Drawing on the group’s specific features, in this paper, I argue that concepts of ‘imagined community’ and ‘conversed community’ are not sufficient to portray the impact of social media on such communities. Rather, I suggest that Ferdinand Tönnies’ categorization of community and society might shed additional light on the character of such groups. Finally, through findings resulting from informal interviews I conducted with several members of LISMA, I argued that the bond that sustains the group is rather political than communal.

Keywords: community, LISMA, political bond, social media, Muslim women