One of the most significant phenomena is the emergence of political identity that moves participation further from the conventional political platform. The Occupy Wall Street movement and the Arab Spring are suitable examples for postmodern politics which characterize by unstructured movement that was no longer based on traditional political party system. In Indonesia, a non-conventional political participation guided by self-actualization and identity driven motive, is performed by various groups of society–from religious movement which took the center stage of political discourse in Indonesia to youth leftist movement who run a campaign on Golongan Putih (an apolitical movement that suggest youngster to disassociate with any political group). Despite the difference in political values and goals, this plethora of movements shared the same platform in the landscape of social media. By using the postmodern paradigm, this article aim to illustrate how postmodern politics has shaped political identity and political participation in Indonesia.  Authors conducted literature review toward social medias and relevant articles and also did informal interview with purposeful sampling toward the youth leftist movements. This article find that in Indonesia’s 2019 election, in postmodern politics, the leftist and the Islamist in Indonesia are facing the paradox of profanity, whereas political participation is shaped in daily basis: always changing and superficial.


Keywords: identity, postmodern, reflexive modernization, political participation.