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SEMINAR: Asian Studies Seminar

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Asian Studies Seminar : Problematic Conjugations: Women’s Agency, Marriage and Domestic Violence in Indonesia Other events...
This paper examines women’s experience of domestic violence within marriage in Makassar, South Sulawesi. It analyses the meaning of marriage for men and women, the roles of men and women within marriage, shifts in marriage practices – particularly the shift from arranged to ‘love’ marriage – and unequal gender positions within marriage. We discuss some salient issues in the ‘margins of marriage’ in Indonesia: polygyny and constructions of masculinity that condone the practice of polygyny/affairs, and attitudes towards divorce, particularly for women. We then examine women’s perception of the causes and triggers of domestic violence as revealed through fieldwork data, using the lens of women’s agency. Our findings are that women perceive that their expressions of agency – for instance in challenging men’s authority, moral righteousness and adequacy as breadwinners – are the most common triggers for male violence within marriage. Finally, we discuss the difficulty for women of escaping domestic violence, thereby getting some purchase on the relative capacity of women to resist, deflect or deal with the violence. The paper is a cautionary tale, warning feminists of a too facile positive interpretation of the expression of women’s agency.
Speaker(s) Dr Siti Aisyah & Professor Lyn Parker
Location Seminar room G.25, Gr. Floor, Social Sciences Nth
Contact Laura Dales <[email protected]> : 64882979
Start Fri, 21 Oct 2011 14:30
End Fri, 21 Oct 2011 16:00
Submitted by Karen Eichorn <[email protected]>
Last Updated Mon, 17 Oct 2011 16:09
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