Symbolic Conflict In Political Discourse: Case Study In ‘People Power’ Discourse Post General Election 2019 In Indonesia

  • Mohamad Jazeri, Sukarsono, Endang Sumarti


The aftermath of Indonesian general election 2019 generated the discourse on People power triggered by the dispute between Jokowi-Amin supporters and Prabowo-Sandi’s. This article describes (1) how symbolic conflict on people power produced by both competing parties is, and (2) why they fought on the discourse of people power, while the study also examined relationship amid discourse, supply chain system, symbolic conflict and people power with mediating effect of politics. This study is qualitatively approached by using pragmatics framework. The data were collected through documentation technique, derived from the broadcasted speech on YouTube found after general election 2019. The collected data were analyzed by the interactive model of Miles dan Huberman. Considering the fact that political discourse contains a variety of interests, the researchers applied discourse conflict analysis coined by Bourdieu, comprising two sorts of discourse, namely prior discourse and counter discourse. Based on data analysis, the study discovers some findings as follow; first, symbolic conflict on people power discourse takes place in two forms, i.e.: (1) introducing a single in-group’s meaning, perspective, and values, and (2) rejecting the meaning of the other group’s logic and perspective.  Second, the strategy of symbolic conflict is meconnaisance; i.e. euphemism and censorization. Third, simbolic conflict on people power discourse motivated by (1) the desire to win the election, (2) difference of habitus, and (3) difference of political goal.