Contemporary interpretation of Kodrat Prempuan : local discourse of muslim women's leadership in Indonesia

by Kusmana

Institution: Erasmus University Rotterdam
Year: 2017
Posted: 02/01/2018
Record ID: 2154702
Full text PDF: http://hdl.handle.net/1765/98675


markdownabstractThis study discusses the contemporary interpretation of local womens leadership framed in the lens of constructed female nature, and of cultural citizenship. The study contests the view which asserts that constructed woman kodrat deeply impedes womans social engagement. It argues that kodrat does hinder women's participation but not totally. In other words, the perception of kodrat supports limitedly women's participation. It means women have space and opportunity to socially engage but within the limitation of the perception of kodrat. The scope of this limitation is fluid and can be changed over times and contexts depending on womens situation and capacities themselves. The more conducive the context they live in and the more capacities they have, the more probable women are able to engage socially. So, basically it discusses women's strategies (experiences) in their effort to bypass the limitations. In this Reformasi era, where democratization and gender equity development are occupying greater space in the Indonesian landscape, opportunities for womens social engagement are also greater. The challenges of cultural (locally derived) exclusiveness and religious radicalism may also hinder womens space and opportunities for social activity. However, these challenges certainly will not close space and opportunity to do so, because the opposite powers democratization and the gender equality movement- are supporting an increased engagement of women in society. The study focuses on the women leadership based on four cases of woman as Nyai, Ibu or Ummi, Posyandu Kader, woman head of village or urban village, of sub-district, and female member of local parliament (MP) in Tasikmalaya Regency and City. On in one hand, it deals with leadership experience of women in these four cases. On the other hand, it also examines the dynamics of their experience. It is interesting to see on how their struggle to have more public space within their marginality had gone so far, as well as on how they take advantages of the new situation, the Reformasi era for their own interests of their leadership. As a descriptive study, this thesis deploys Anthony Giddenss perspective of agency in discussing its findings. The data are arranged into categories, sub-categories and terms, identifying internal and external factor that influence woman social engagement. Internally, it examines womans strategies in handling barriers they face, and shortcomings they have. Externally, it also discusses influences that create conditions for women's participation through the analysis of state policies and medias coverage of women's issues, particularly in the four targeted themes. The study is based on the field work in Tasikmalaya Kota and Kabupaten which was conducted 8 months from the middle of august 2008 to middle of April 2009 and about the same period from April to November 2010. This study concludes that the perception of the constructed kodrat perempuan is an important factor that determines many womens civicAdvisors/Committee Members: Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (ESHCC), Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (ESHCC).