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Chapter 1 analyzes previously unseen archival material to establish a paper trail for the fragmented student activism of the 1980s and 1990s, more than a decade before the fall of Suharto. The underground resistance movement depended on activist paper forms to generate counter-regime propaganda, internal communications, and legal responses to state repression and subversion charges. The chapter theorizes the relation between archives, documentation, and history to draw attention to the dynamic attributes of student movement archival materials—from their fetish quality as invaluable souvenirs of the democracy movement to their tendency to reproduce, disappear, and reappear in new and unregulated contexts far from their points of origin.

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