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Enregisterment, Communities, and Authenticity: Watching Indonesian Teledramas



This paper explores how ideas relating to enregisterment and authenticity might contribute to discussions of community. I point out how participation in processes of enregisterment enables people to position themselves as belonging to at least three types of communities: those who can recognize and evaluate enregistered signs, those who are situationally given the authority to perform them, and those who cross. My empirical focus is audio-video recorded interaction from organized teledrama viewing sessions and post-viewing interviews that involved Indonesians studying in Japan. I show how these Indonesians situationally index their membership in one or more of these communities through their authentication and denaturalization of representations of ethnic social types. [community, enregisterment, authenticity, Indonesia]