The resilience of West Sumatran women: historical, social and cultural impacts

Narny, Yenny, Fanany, Ismet and Fanany, Rebecca 2016, The resilience of West Sumatran women: historical, social and cultural impacts, International journal of civic, political, and community studies, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 43-57.

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Title The resilience of West Sumatran women: historical, social and cultural impacts
Author(s) Narny, Yenny
Fanany, Ismet
Fanany, RebeccaORCID iD for Fanany, Rebecca
Journal name International journal of civic, political, and community studies
Volume number 14
Issue number 2
Start page 43
End page 57
Total pages 15
Publisher Common Ground Publishing
Place of publication Champaign, Ill.
Publication date 2016-06
ISSN 2327-0047
Keyword(s) West Sumatra
Summary In 1965–66, an effort by the central government to eradicate the Indonesian Communist Party and its sympathizers resulted in the killing of thousands of people across Indonesia who were suspected of being members of the party as well as others who were associates of known members. The violence witnessed or experienced by those whose family members were targeted was a major force in shaping their later experience. This paper discusses the experience of women in West Sumatra, Indonesia who experienced the events of 1965–66 from a life course perspective and focuses on their efforts to adapt in the following years. Many of these women displayed considerable resilience in overcoming the social constraints that resulted from being labelled a Communist or Communist sympathizer. The paper, based on ethnographic research in West Sumatra, discusses the formation of resilience among these women and describes the ways in which they were able to adjust to the social and historical context in which they found themselves.
Language eng
Field of Research 169903 Studies of Asian Society
Socio Economic Objective 950502 Understanding Asia's Past
HERDC Research category C3 Non-refereed articles in a professional journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, The Authors
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