Masculinity, violence and socioeconomic status in Indonesia

Nilan, Pam, Demartoto, Argyo and Broom, Alex (2013) Masculinity, violence and socioeconomic status in Indonesia. Culture, Society and Masculinities, 5 1: 3-20. doi:10.3149/CSM.0501.3

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Author Nilan, Pam
Demartoto, Argyo
Broom, Alex
Title Masculinity, violence and socioeconomic status in Indonesia
Journal name Culture, Society and Masculinities
ISSN 1941-5583
Publication date 2013
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3149/CSM.0501.3
Volume 5
Issue 1
Start page 3
End page 20
Total pages 18
Place of publication Harriman, TN, United States
Publisher Men's Studies Press
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
In qualitative interviews conducted during 2009/2010, 86 male interviewees frequently "explained" violence between men in Indonesia as resulting from low socioeconomic status. This paper is not about how violence actually happens, but about how it is explained by Indonesian men. We unpack the discursive assertions of interviewees, and first explore the cultural utility and validity of the "hydraulic pressure" model of male violence found popular in the Indonesian mass media. While some men used this simple model of explosive violence caused by pressure, others acknowledged the active choice of men in marginal economic circumstances to use violence. We then consider this range of explanations for the link between socioeconomic disadvantage and male violence through the lens of Messerschmidt's "compensatory" thesis on violence and masculinity.
Keyword Indonesia
Economic pressure
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Created: Mon, 11 Mar 2013, 11:58:59 EST by Associate Professor Alexander Broom on behalf of School of Social Science