Women and Work in Indonesia

Book ann: Routledge

Michele Ford and Lyn Parker, Women and Work in Indonesia, Routledge, New York and London, 2008. ISBN: 978-0-415-40288-0

This book interrogates assumptions about work and economic activity, focusing on what Indonesian women themselves see as their work, which includes not only paid employment, home life and child care, but also activities surrounding ritual, healing and religious life. It analyses the key issues, including the contrasts between 'new' and 'old' forms of work, the relationship between experiences of migration and work, and the ways in which religion - especially Islam - shapes perceptions and practice of work. It discusses women's work in a range of different settings, both rural and urban, and in different locations, covering Sumatra, Bali, Lombok, Java, Sulawesi and Kalimantan.


  • Introduction: Thinking about Indonesian Women and Work(Michele Ford and Lyn Parker)
  • Not your Average Housewife: Minangkabau Women Rice Farmers in West Sumatra(Evelyn Blackwood)
  • Keeping Rice in the Pot: Women and Work in a Transmigration Settlement (Gaynor Dawson)
  • Dukun and Bidan: The Work of Traditional and Government Midwives in Southeast Sulawesi (Simone Alesich)
  • Poverty, Opportunity and Purity in Paradise: Women Working in Lombok's Tourist Hotels (Linda Rae Bennett)
  • Industrial Workers in Transition: Women's Experiences of Factory Work in Tangerang (Nicholaas Warouw)
  • Bodies in Contest: Gender Difference and Equity in a Coal Mine (Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt and Kathryn Robinson)
  • Meanings of Work for Female Media and Communication Workers (Pam Nilan and Prahastiwi Utari)
  • Makkunrai Passimokolo': Bugis Migrant Women Workers in Malaysia (Nurul Ilmi Idrus)
  • Making the Best of What You've Got: Sex Work and Class Mobility in the Riau Islands (Michele Ford and Lenore Lyons)
  • Straddling Worlds: Indonesian Migrant Domestic Workers in Singapore (Rosslyn von der Borch)

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