Child-raising, childbirth and abortion in extremis: women's stories of caring for and losing children during the violence of 1965-1966 in Indonesia

Pohlman, Annie (2013) Child-raising, childbirth and abortion in extremis: women's stories of caring for and losing children during the violence of 1965-1966 in Indonesia. Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs, 32 3: 93-114.

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Author Pohlman, Annie
Title Child-raising, childbirth and abortion in extremis: women's stories of caring for and losing children during the violence of 1965-1966 in Indonesia
Journal name Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1868-4882
Publication date 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 32
Issue 3
Start page 93
End page 114
Total pages 22
Place of publication Hamburg, Germany
Publisher G I G A Institut fuer Asien-Studien
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Abstract In this paper I examine women survivors’ stories about childbirth and child-raising during the period of mass violence following Indonesia’s 1965 coup, as well as some accounts of abortion during detention. The focus of my research is not on children’s experiences per se but rather on women survivors’ accounts about what happened to their children. I discuss various aspects of these experiences, including: being pregnant and giving birth; caring for children in and outside detention; the harm and abuse of children; losing children; and forced abortions. These stories reveal much about how women cared for and lost children as well as about what happened to children during the violence of 1965. I argue that examining these experiences must therefore also be central to understanding how women and their children survived and coped with the mass violence of 1965–1966. I also argue that these stories of caring for children, as well as of how children were harmed or lost, were fundamental parts of many women’s testimonies.
Keyword Indonesia
Indonesian killings
Women
Children
Testimony
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Special Issue: The Massacres of 1965–1966: New Interpretations and the Current Debate in Indonesia

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Created: Thu, 27 Mar 2014, 13:57:56 EST by Dr Annie Pohlman on behalf of School of Languages and Cultures