Social Construction of Women Holding the Position of Tunggu Tubang in South Sumatra

Prawinda Putri Anzari, Billy Sarwono

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The Tunggu Tubang women paradoxically hold both a respectable as well as subordinate position in the Semende community. They work to preserve the culture and perform their duties, yet at the same time they have to face various problems in the public sphere. The research question herein is how this position is socially constructed, and the theory applied to answer the question is that of the construction of social reality. The method chosen is that of the qualitative research, coupled with the critical constructionism paradigm and criterion sampling technique. The activities of the women in this study were observed in a period of two weeks, and two key informants with different jobs, social classes, and places of residence were interviewed. This study indicates that a gender-biased construction has been produced and reproduced through propagation of such belief since childhood and dominance of the Merajes in social realms. In addition, Tunggu Tubang women perceive their position and role as their destiny and a cultural identity which they have to assume. Such perspectives, however, are not as pervasive among informants living in more advanced areas as their lifestyle is more economy-oriented and practical.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)162-173
JournalJurnal Komunikasi Indonesia
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2018


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