The stigmatisation of janda in Indonesia and the possibility of agency

Parker, Lyn and Riyani, Irma and Nolan, Brooke (2016) The stigmatisation of janda in Indonesia and the possibility of agency. Indonesia and the Malay World, UK, 44 (128). 27 -46. ISSN p-1363-9811/e-1469-8382

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This article explores the discourses and practices of stigmatisation that shape the experience of widows and divorced women (janda) in Indonesia. The conceptualisation of stigma allows us to see that the experience of being a janda is a gendered, moral experience. The article examines the construction of ideal marriage in Islam and in Indonesia, divorce, and the construction of gender and sexuality. There is a dominant discourse that divorced and widowed women are sexually available and promiscuous; the result is often that men prey upon janda. In turn, wives feel threatened by the competition that janda represent. This article is based on ethnographic and interview data from two field sites: Bandung, West Java, and Wawonii island, off the coast of Southeast Sulawesi; both are Muslim communities. It also explores the possibilities for women’s agency and destigmatisation, through the mobilising of social networks and the emphasising of their worth as good mothers to achieve social respectability.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Agency; Divorcees; Indonesia; Stigma; Widows
Subjects: Moral Theology > Law and Bases of Morality
Private Law > Domestic Relations, Family Law, Marriage
Private Law > Organizations, Associations Law
Divisions: Fakultas Ushuluddin > Program Studi Tafsir Hadits
Depositing User: Miss Irma Riyani
Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2020 03:46
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2020 03:46

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