As well as the well-known wayang kulit, the essays span a range of regional, local, and even personal traditions: wayang golek Menak in Kebumen, wayang gandrung in East Java, wayang among the Sasak of Lombok, Sukasman's wayang ukur, wong cilik, Sundanese wayang golek purwa, the shadow theatre of Banyumas, and more.
Themes which receive particular attention include: the politics of wayang and its integration into the New Order and reformasi; the careers of individual dalangs and their financial, political and social constraints and opportunities; and historical changes in performance content, practice, and reception.
The approaches include Geertzian "thick description", more traditional ethnographic accounts, and personal narratives. Some of the pieces are Theory-heavy, with titles such as "Watching Wayang With Spinoza" and "The Body of Merleau-Ponty", and very occasionally seem more clever than enlightening.
There should be plenty in Puppet Theater in Contemporary Indonesia for anyone who wants to understand Indonesian puppet performance as a network of live and evolving traditions.
Disclaimer: three of the contributors to this volume have performed with or taught me.