“A diploma and a descendant!” Premarital sexuality, education, and politics among Dani university students in North Sulawesi, Indonesia

Munro, Jenny (2012) “A diploma and a descendant!” Premarital sexuality, education, and politics among Dani university students in North Sulawesi, Indonesia. Journal of Youth Studies, 15 8: 1011-1027. doi:10.1080/13676261.2012.693592


Author Munro, Jenny
Title “A diploma and a descendant!” Premarital sexuality, education, and politics among Dani university students in North Sulawesi, Indonesia
Journal name Journal of Youth Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1367-6261
1469-9680
Publication date 2012-06-27
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13676261.2012.693592
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 15
Issue 8
Start page 1011
End page 1027
Total pages 17
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Formatted abstract
In Indonesia, the notion of ‘study first’ (kuliah dulu) pressures young adults to refrain from sex and delay marriage until they finish tertiary education. Recent scholarship has viewed choices to abstain from sex as evidence of the potency of values of modernisation, Islamic culture and the contemporary importance of moral and social order. By looking at how Dani university students from Papua, the country's easternmost province, view premarital sex and pregnancy while studying in North Sulawesi, this article shows that the moral regulation of reproductive and educational aspirations invokes defensive reactions among indigenous men and women experiencing stigma and discrimination from local Indonesians. Qualitative interview results and case studies of pregnancy offer insights into the ways that indigenous men and women respond to racial stigma with a political interpretation of sexuality and pregnancy by arguing that education and reproductive achievements make vital contributions to indigenous agendas. In particular, practices of unofficial ‘marriage’ supported men's and women's need to defend themselves against stigmatisation, and enabled some women to feel positive about premarital pregnancies.
Keyword Premarital sexuality
Premarital pregnancy
Education
Political conditions
Papua, Indonesia
Anthropology -- Indonesia
West Papua
pregnancy
race
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Social Science Publications
 
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Created: Mon, 10 Apr 2017, 09:09:24 EST by Jenny Munro on behalf of School of Social Science