Back Door Java: State Formation and the Domestic in Working Class Java

Back Door Java: State Formation and the Domestic in Working Class Java

by Janice Newberry

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In the densely populated urban neighbourhoods of Java, women manage their houses and their communities through daily exchanges of food, childcare, and labour. Their domestic work is based on local ideas of community cooperation and support, but also on the Indonesian government's use of women as unpaid social workers. Consequently, women are a pivotal point in both state-sponsored programs of domesticity and in the local practice of community exchange managed from individual houses. Back Door Java explores the everyday lives of ordinary urban Javanese from a new perspective on domestic space and the state. Using rich ethnographic description of a neighbourhood in Central Java, Newberry illuminates the ways in which state rule is intimately connected to the household and the community.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442635821
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division
Publication date: 04/01/2006
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Jan Newberry is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta.

Table of Contents

List of Figures


Chapter One: Through the Missing Back Door, an Entrance

Chapter Two: Kampung

Chapter Three: The House

Chapter Four: The Household: Making Do

Chapter Five: The Home

Chapter Six: Through the Back Door of Domesticity: An Exit

Epilogue: Housewife Ethnographer



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