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

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posted on 2016-06-01, 00:00 authored by Yenny Narny, Ismet FananyIsmet Fanany, Rebecca Fanany
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.

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International journal of civic, political, and community studies

Volume

14

Issue

2

Pagination

43 - 57

Publisher

Common Ground Publishing

Location

Champaign, Ill.

ISSN

2327-0047

eISSN

2327-2155

Language

eng

Publication classification

X Not reportable; C3 Non-refereed articles in a professional journal

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2016, The Authors

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